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Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 



DAY OF NOVEMBER, A.D., 1952, A. INV. 2482. 


M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw Grand Z.\ Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. John A. M. Taylor Grand H . > p .. 

R. Ex. Comp. John L. House Grand J. ' 

R. Ex. Comp. Eric William Edmondson Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Johnston Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. H. Shannon as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Grierson Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle as Grand Principal Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. C. Emmett as Grand Senior Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. E. W. Jones as Grand Junior Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. E. Harris as Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. M. S. Gooderham Assistant Grand D. of C. 

Comp. Walter Wakefield Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. W. G. Blackwell V. Ex. Comp. N. Purdy 

R. Ex. Comp. H. Inch V. Ex. Comp. G. N. Taylor 

R. Ex. Comp. R. S. Cotton V. Ex. Comp. M. P. Wickett 

R. Ex. Comp. Les J. Colling V. Ex. Comp. John Dishart 

R. Ex. Comp. Sam Perlman V. Ex. Comp. A. S. Couper 

R. Ex. Comp. Sherman Cooper V. Ex. Comp. Alex. Fraser 

R. Ex. Comp. E. A. Hercock V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Pomeroy 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. W. McDonald V. Ex. Comp. F. H. Hinchley 

R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girvin V. Ex. Comp. C. Clayton 

R. Ex. Comp. S. Haskell V. Ex. Comp. Max Littner 

R. Ex. Comp. W. A. McKague V. Ex. Comp. H. V. Watson 

R. Ex. Comp. E. Hays 

Ex. Comp. S. Enring Ex. Comp. A. Wolfraim 

Ex. Comp. Archie Bowman Ex. Comp. H. J. Coovey 

Ex. Comp. J. H. Connor Ex. Comp. C. E. Meiklejohn 

Ex. Comp. F. R. O'Neill Ex. Comp. H. J. C. Beatty 

Ex. Comp. F. Hewitt Ex. Comp. Clare House 

Ex. Comp. K. C. Mark Ex. Comp. F. H. Johnston 

Ex. Comp. Ross L. Dobbin Ex. Comp. C. Elliott 

Ex. Comp. J. H. Dicken Ex. Comp. J. Malcolm McCulloch 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9.15 p.m. when the Grand 
First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for 
the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, 
Royal Arch Masons of Peterborough, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
closed Grand Chapter at 10.45 p.m. 



Grand Scribe E. 




MARCH, A.D. 1953-A. INV. 2483. 


M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden Acting Grand Z.j ^ , 

R. Ex. Comp. John A. M. Taylor Grand H. > J ' •• 

V. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham Acting Grand J. ; 

R. Ex. Comp. H. E. McCullough Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. W. M. Lee as Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. H. Shannon as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Grierson Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore as Grand Principal Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. A. McKague as Grand Senior Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. A. Mc N. French as Grand Junior Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. P. Eagles as Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. Robert Falconer as Grand Organist 

V. Ex. Comp. Sam Abrams Grand Pursuivant 

Comp. Walter Wakefield Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank D. Lacey R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Work 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. J. Rat? R. Ex. Comp. H. C. Invin 

R. Ex. Comp. Sam Perlman R. Ex. Comp. R. R. Wilson 

R. Ex. Comp. C. Emmett R. Ex. Comp. Hugh Davidson 

R. Ex. Comp. H. M. Baker V. Ex. Comp. D. Mclntyre 
Ex. Comp. Frank Shannon Ex. Comp. J. Cunningham 

Ex. Comp. B. C. Lamble Ex. Comp. R. Skinner 

Ex. Comp. H. Gill Ex. Comp. F. C. Conley 

Ex. Comp. A. E. Hardman Ex. Comp. R. Garbutt 

Grand Chapter was opened in due Form at 9.00 p.m. when the Grand First 
Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for the 
purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Kichikewana, No. 167, Royal Arch 
Masons of Midland, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
closed Grand Chapter at 10.15 p.m. 

Grand Scribe E. 





M. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw Grand Z. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander Macdonald Taylor Grand H. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand J. 


Most Ex. Comps. John M. Burden, Q.C., Reginald V. E. Conover, Frederick W. 
Dean, Treasurer; Clarence McL. Pitts. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. William J. Johnston Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. William J. Grierson Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry L. Martyn Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Shannon, Q.C Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

V. Ex. Comp. Rev. Ernest Crawford McCullagh Assistant Grand Chaplain 

V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Hewett Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Pickles Grand Master 4th Veil 

V. Ex. Comp. David Kernohan, Sr Grand Master 3rd Veil 

V. Ex. Comp. M. S. Gooderham Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert McElhinney Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. Robert Falconer Grand Organist 

V. Ex. Comp. W. J. Stewart Acting Grand Pursuivant 

Comp. Walter Wakefield Grand Outer Guard 


A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their 
qualified officers, the Ninety-Filth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada was opened in Ample 
Form at ten o'clock a.m. 


The following distinguished guests were introduced by the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies V. Ex. Comp. M. S. Gooderham. 


M. Ex. Comp. Alex. M. Band, Grand Z. 
R. Ex. Comp. Herb. Pickering, Grand S.E. 

M. Ex. Comp. Alexander Campbell, G.H.P. 


R. Ex. Comp. Donald Webb, Deputy Grand High Priest, 
Representing the Grand High Priest. 

M. Ex. Comp. Roy Andrus, P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary, 
M. Ex. Comp. A. M. Burke, P.G.H.P. 


M Ex. Comp. Charles H. Barnard, P.G.H.P., 
Representing the Grand High Priest. 

M. Ex. Comp. Robert D. Howard, G.H.P. 
M. Ex. Comp. Wright J. Burley, P.G.H.P. 
R. Ex. Comp. Cliff A. McDonald, our Representative near the 
State of New York. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles Brynick, Grand Capt. of the Host 


M. Ex. Comp. James A. Gorham, P.G.H.P. Representing G.H.P. 
M. Ex. Comp. Anthony T. Vollman, P.G.H.P. 



M Ex. Comp. Daniel Roberts, G.H.P. 
M. Ex. Comp. John C. H. Kitselman, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secy. 

M. Ex. Comp. Millard H. Robbins, G.H.P. 

Most 111. Comp. Harry P. Grant, Grand Master 


R. Ex. Comp. William C. Blackwell, President 

R. Em. Knight and R. Ex. Comp. Fred G. Mann, Acting Grand 
M. Em. Sir Knight and R. Ex. Comp. A. B. Barr, P.G.M. 


M. 111. Grand Sov. and R. Ex. Comp. Joseph W. Carson 


Sov. Grand Commander and M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McL. 
Pitts, I.P.G.Z. 

R. Wor. Bro. and Comp. Joseph A. Hearn, Deputy G.M. and 
the Representative of our Grand Master, M. Wor. Bro. and 
Ex. Comp. Nelson C. Hart. 

The Most Excellent the Grand Z gave each Representative an 
individual welcome before they approached the dais, Grand Hon- 
ours were then given. 



The Most Excellent the Grand Z., directed that Grand Chapter 
be "Called Off" to permit, His Worship the Mayor of the City of 
Toronto, Brother Allan A. Lamport to address and extend a Civic 
Welcome to our Guest and Companions. 

His Worship the Mayor of Toronto was presented by the 
Director of Ceremonies and welcomed by the Grand First Principal 
and invited to the dais. 

His Worship the Mayor in acknowledging his reception 
welcomed the members of Grand Chapter to the City of Toronto. 
"Nothing gives me greater pleasure than that of welcoming Masons 
to Toronto." He stated that he was delighted to see so many 
distinguished guests from all parts of Canada and the United States. 

The Grand Z. thanked Bro. Allan Lamport for his kind 
greeting and interest in Royal Arch Masonry, and permitted him 
to retire under the escort of the D. of C. 



Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, announced: — 

"All Royal Arch Masons, in good standing, and properly 
vouched for, will be made welcome during the Convocation." 

The delegates joined in singing the Hymn— 


The Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. William J. Johnston, 
offered the Invocation and Prayer. 


Right Ex. Comp. Rev. Dr. W. J. Johnston 
O Lord God we acknowledge Thee to be high over all— Blessed 
for ever. Thou hast and didst create the heaven, the earth, the sea 
and all that in them is and Thou supportest Thy creatures in all 
parts of this wonderful universe. 

Thou art, the eternal architect— the artist who paints the lily 
of the field, the colours of sunrise and sunset. This world is Thy 
dwelling place and Thy divine presence fills every part of it. 


We mortal beings are enabled by Thy spirit to think Thy 
high thoughts alter Thee and do great works because of Thine in- 
dwelling power in us. 

We praise Thee Almighty God for those in whose hearts are 
kindly and loving feelings— for the minds that plan noble service 
and for the hand that executes and makes possible the dream. 

We beseech Thee to pour of Thy generous bounty and blessing 
upon this grand Convocation of Royal Arch Masons here assembled 
—Endue with heavenly wisdom our Most Excellent Grand First 
Principal and all associated with him— So that in all deliberations 
he and they may have wisdom given them from above. We render 
unto Thee heartfelt Thanksgiving for the fellowship provided— 
Where the spirit of Companionship and Brotherhood is so evident 
— when we fraternize with each and all in the most friendly manner. 
We do not forget O Lord, those who have passed beyond the veil. 
We cherish their memory in our heart— and we know 'Those whom 
God hath taken from us are never lost' and that Thou wilt keep 
in everlasting peace our revered Companions whom we have com- 
mitted to Thee. 

O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of Kings, 
Lord of Lords— The only ruler of Princes— who-dost from Thy throne 
behold all the dwellers upon earth. Most heartily we beseech Thee 
to "Behold with favour— Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth 
and so replenish her with grace of Thy Holy spirit that she may 
always encline to Thy will and walk in Thy way. Endue her 
with heavenly gifs. Grant her good health and wealth and long 
life and finally when this life is ended may she attain everlasting 
joy and felicity in Thy heavenly Kingdom— Bless her Consort Philip, 
Duke of Edinburgh— their family— The Queen Mother and our glor- 
ious Commonwealth of Nations. 

Bless the great Republic of the U.S.A., grant that peace and 
goodwill and friendship may ever exist between us. This prayer 
O God we offer unto Thee. Amen— So mote it be. 

The delegates then joined in singing the National Anthem: 





One minute silence was then observed. 



The Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw re- 
quested the Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. M. S. 
Gooderham to present the living Past (.rand Zs. The following were 


\l. Ex. Comp. John N. Burden, Q.C., Grand /., 1943-1944 

M Ex. Comp. Col. Reginald V. E. Conover, O.B.E., (.rand /., 1945-1946. 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, Grand /... 1947-1948. 

M. Ex Comp. Clarence McL. Pitts, (.rand /.., 1949-1950. 

Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw extended a very warm 
and kindly welcome to the Past Grand Zs alter which Grand Hon- 
ours were accorded. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, officers and 
members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, 
and to our distinguished guests from sister jurisdictions in Canada 
and the United States, Toronto Districts No. 8 and 8A extend a 
cordial and fraternal welcome. It is an honour to have our Grand 
Chapter meet successively in our city. 

In the preceding civic welcome, you heard how Toronto is 
keeping pace with the growth of the province and the country in 
which it has an important part. While its features change, we hope 
that the Queen city will not lose the character and the atmosphere 
of friendship for which it has been noted in the past. 

And as Royal Arch Masons we of the Toronto Chapters are 
happy to report a growth and interest which assures the continuation 
of our place in capitular masonry. 

Most Excellent Companion Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, Grand 
First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 

We the First Principals of the year 1952 and the Ruling Prin- 
cipals of the year 1953, in Toronto Districts No. 8 and 8A, express- 
ing the unanimous wish of all your companions in these districts, 
convey to you our sincere thanks for the magnificent contributions 
that you have made to Royal Arch Masonry. 

The devotion of your time and energy in your desire to pro- 
mote the best interests of Capitular Masonry have earned for you the 



respect and esteem of all your companions in these districts and 
throughout the jurisdiction. In your contacts with us you have 
imparted knowledge which has been an inspiration, and zeal which 
has stimulated us to renewed effort. The able manner in which 
you have carried out the duties of your exalted office has enhanced 
the best traditions and highest ideals of Royal Arch Masonry. We 
are proud of having had the privilege of serving under you. It is 
our fervent prayer that you may be long spared for the benefit of 
the Royal Craft, and may the Great Jehovah be ever with you. 

Presented on behalf of Royal Arch Chapters in Toronto Dist- 
ricts 8 and 8A. Anno Inventionis 2483. 

1952 - DISTRICT 8 - 1953 
No. 4— St. Andrew and St. John 

No. 8— King Solomon's 

No. 62-York 

No. 65-St. Paul's 

No. 79— Orient 

No. 135-Succoth 

No. 145-The St. Patrick 

No. 163— The Beaches 

No. 205-Victoria 

No. 217— St. Albans 

No. 225— Beaver 

No. 235— Aurora 

No. 241— University 



Grand Superintendent 


District Secretary 

1952 - DISTRICT 8A - 1953 
No. 77— Occident 

No. 91— Toronto-Antiquity 

No. 138-Shekinah 


No. 195-Peel 


No. 212-Mount Sinai 


No. 215— Mimico 


No. 219-Ulster 


No. 220-Lebanon 


No. 230-Port Credit 


No. 231-The St. Clair 


No. 232-King Cyrus 


No. 233-Oakwood 


No. 246-Humber 



Grand Superintendent 


District Secretary 

Most Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw acknowledged the 
welcome from the Toronto Districts 8 and 8 A and assured the Sup- 
erintendents that he appreciated their efforts and contribution to 
Royal Arch Masonry in their Districts. 



The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes ol tin- 
Proceedings of the Ninety-Fourth Annual Convocation, held in the 
City of Toronto, when it was moved by R. Ex. Com p. J. A. M. 
Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved,— "That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, held 
Wednesday and Thursday, April 23 and 24, 1952, have been printed and copies 
thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the recorded Minutes be 
considered as read, and the same is now confirmed." 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved,— "That the Order of Business of this Grand Convocation be chang- 
ed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 

Address of Loyalty and Devotion to Her Majesty the Queen 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions of the Gmnd Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of the Grand Chapter of Canada: 

This is a more than usually interesting and important year in 
the history of the Commonwealth of British Nations; a Common- 
wealth bound together, not by chains and not by laws or any other 
man-made decrees; a Commonwealth of Free nations whose con- 
necting link is a common love and devotion to a Sovereign not yet 
crowned. In her first Christmas message to all her peoples our 
beloved Queen has reminded her people of the glorious heritage 
which comes to us from the past— a heritage which has given us 
freedom of worship, Freedom of Speech, freedom of the press, free- 
dom of assembly and the opportunity for every individual to im- 
prove his station in life, limited only by his inherent ability. Guided 
and inspired by the example of the Royal Family, who reign but 
do not rule, the people of the British Commonwealth of nations 
have endured privation and war. Although their endurance has 
been sorely tried, they have emerged triumphant and face the future 
confident in the assurance that, if the people remain true to their 
heritage, the future will be more brilliant and prosperous than the 
past. Her Majesty has already in her brief reign demonstrated an 
extraordinary high sense of duty and devotion to the affairs of state. 
The example of her private family life indicates a very high stan- 
dard for the emulation of all her people. 


Unless some unforeseen calamity occurs, few, if any, of those 
present will be alive when the next coronation takes place. There- 
lore it is expedient to especially mark this occasion. Whereas it has 
pleased Almighty God to call a young Princess of the House of Wind- 
sor to ride over this Commonwealth, and, whereas the Royal Arch 
Masons of this Grand Jurisdiction are particularly desirous of show- 
ing in this the year of the Coronation of our beloved Queen, their 
devotion and loyalty, therefore be it resolved that a humble address 
be presented to Her Gracious Majesty in the following words: — 

To the Queen's Most Gracious Majesty: 

May it please Your Majesty to accept from your humble, devoted 
and Loyal subjects, The Royal Arch Masons of the Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, assembled in annual convocation 
in this your city of Toronto, this reaffirmation of our allegiance, 
loyal obedience and devotion to You, Our Most Gracious Sovereign 
Liege Lady, to the Prince Consort His Royal Highness The Duke 
of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Her Royal High- 
ness The Princess Ann, The Queen Mother and all members of the 
Royal Family. 

We humbly pray that The Great Architect of the Universe may 
particularly bless this the year of Your Coronation by granting to 
Your Majesty unbounded peace and happiness and, to Your Ma- 
jesty's loyal subjects in all Your Realms, contentment. 

The example of Your Majesty's devotion to the duties of Your 
high office, Your high sense of responsibility has once again remind- 
ed your loyal and devoted subjects of the glorious heritage which is 
ours and has inspired us with enthusiasm and devotion which will, 
we humbly pray, make your reign long and glorious. 

Signed A. G. N. Bradshaw 

Grand First Principal 

Attested Fred J. Johnson, 

Grand Scribe E. 

Dated at Toronto in the Province of Ontario this 22nd day of April, 
A. I., 2493 A.D., 1953, in this the second year of the reign of Elizabeth 
Ilnd Regina of the Realm of Canada. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, and— 

Resolved— That this Address be received and adopted. 


The Grand /.., thanked M. Ex, Comp. R. V. Conover for his 
splendid effort in preparing the foregoing address. 


R. Ex. Comp. fames W. Woodland, Chairman of the Credentials 

Committee, reported that there are 156 Warranted Chapters on the 
Roll of Grand Chapter, of which 132 Chapters were represented 
by the following: — 

No. 1 Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston 

R. S. Walker, Z.: L. N. Armstrong, H. J. Milne, P.Z's 
No. 2 The Hiram, Hamilton 

J. C. Leith, J. H. Forbes, K. Marshall, Z. 
No. 3 St. John's, London 

E. W. Hall, J. Pearson 
NO. 4 St. Andrew and St. John, Toronto 

T. E. Peck, C. F. Tye, Z.; V. L. Mutton, W. F. Eccles, A. A. Kitchen, 

Robert McElhinney, G. Shcppard, P.Z's; H. J. McCaw, J. 
No. 5 St. George's, London 

R. W. Norris, A. W. Ayre, W. P. Stothers, H. J. McCallum, H. E. Abell, 

C. A. Folmer, A. J. Norris, P. Brown, J. W. Jarrett. 
No 6 St. John's, Hamilton 

C. S. King, H; J. E. Grady, G. W. Britton (Proxy) ; C. Pepper, W. G. 
Sin it ton, J. H. Eyot, C. R. Lloyd, 

No. 7 The Moira, Belleville 

M. Hancock, Z.; A. W. Haggar, H. E. Payne. 
No. 8 King Solomon's, Toronto 

A. Otis, W. Holywell, Z.; F. Holliday, H.; H. Garr, J.; S. J. Hutchinson, 

D. L. Munroe, W. Kcwn, John Stephen, E. M. Woolcock, F. J. Johnson, 
A. L. Tinker, A. Carwithem, J. C. De Ea Rosa, W. H. Hoare, W. H. 
King, W. C. Sawyer, A. T. Lewis, W. R. Shaw, R. Manewell, F. G. Hunt, 
H. K. Lamb, F. H. McNeill, Le Roy Dewitt, W. Lowe, W. C. Gowland, 

No. 15 Waivanosh, Sarnia 

R. A. Hamilton, Z.; J. H. Teasell, PZ. 
No. 16 Carlelon, Ottaxca 

R. J. Axell, L. B. Gillespie, W. J. Neville, F. G. Smith, PZ's. 
No. 18 Oxford, Woodstock 

A. Wishart, W. J. Ratz, PZ's. 
No. 19 Mount Moriah, St. Catharines 

J. C. Wismer, J.; C. P. Porter, J. P. Hudson, A. E. Coombs, J. Dickie, PZ's. 
No. 20 Mount Horeb, Brantford 

J. E. McCreary, Z.; (Proxy) C. J. Sharpe, S. Valentin, A. MacGregor, 

No. 22 Grenville, Prescott 

J. A. Payton, P.Z.; G. R. Drummond, H. (Proxy) . 
No. 23 Ezra, Simcoe 

I. M. Reid, H. A. Johnson, P.Z's; J. Anguist (Proxy). 
No. 24 Tecumseh, Stratford 

P. Riches, C. R. Swatridge, R. A. Reid, Z.; J. Parks, J. 
No. 26 St. Mark's, Trenton 

H. S. Agar, P.Z. (Proxy); N. M. Sprague, J. A. Pow, C. H. Kinnear. 



No. 27 Manitou, Collingwood 

\\\ V. Foreman, Z. 
No. 28 Pentalpha, Oshawa 

H. J. Wells, /.; T. Hopkinish. H.: D. Ross, N. W. Purely, H. O. Flintoff, 

J H. Mouncey. H. A. Suddard, P.Z's. 
No. 29 McCallum, Dunnville 

F. R. Martin, Z.; A. M. Rrick. W. J. Griffith, E. C. McCullagh, G. A. 

Brown, D. R. Murphy, P.Z's. 
No. 31 Prince Edward, Picton 

D. Thompson, Z.; B. Campbell, J.; E. R. Hodgson, W. C. Hicks. 
No. 32 Waterloo, Gait 

C. McHoul, Z.; G. J. Johnson, F. C. Ackert, T. Morr, H.; D. J. Marriutt, 
J.; F. R. Lawrence. 

No. 34 Signet, Barrie 

A. G. Bowie, H. E. McCullough, R. A. Stewart, P.Z's. 
No. 35 Keystone, Whitby 

J. N. R. Thomas, Z.; R. Conibear, H.; R. McNee, P.Z. 
No. 36 Corinthian, Peterborough 

D. T. Crawford, Z.; N. H. Hewitt, A. Watkins, H.; J. E. Girven, C. V. 
Elliott, F. G. Mann, E. W. Edmondson. 

No. 37 Victoria, Port Hope 

E. J. Barrowclough, Z.; W. H. Meldrum, J.; S. N. Haskill, G. N. Taylor, 
H. Inch, M. P. Wickett, H. Mitchell, P.Z's. 

No. 40 Guelph, Guelph 

T. Holbrook, Z.; J. W. Frey, J.; J. F. Robertson, C. E. Morgan, J. M. 

Derby, P.Z.'s. 
No. 41 Harris, Ingersoll 

W. Robertson, /.; H. R. Nagle, H.; L. L. Mansfield, E. A. Webber, A. 

Huntley, P. V. L. Pedolin, P.Z's. 
No. 44 Mount Sinai, Napanee 

A. C. Baldwin, Z.; H. H. Langford, A. V. Roy, P.Z's. 
No. 47 Wellington, Chatham 

F. Simmonds, Z.; L. H. Veale, V. R. Weatherhead, W. C. Lewies, P.Z's. 
No. 48 St. John's, Cobourg 

F. L. Searancke, Z.; F. H. Longhurst, H.; W. S. Cooper, E. A. Hircock, 

No. 53 Bruce, Petrolia 

W. H. Rolston, Z.; C. M. Muir, H.; A. S. McLean, P.Z. 
No. 54 Palestine, St. Thomas 

E. J. Gellatly, (Proxy) ; P.Z. 
No. 55 Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

A. B. Nightingale, A. N. Irvine, E. W. Fields (Proxy) ; I. B. Collard, 

No. 56 Georgian, Owen Sound 

H. C. Irwin, P.Z., (Proxy). 
No. 57 King Hiram, Port Colborne 

C. G. Carter, P.Z., (Proxy). 

No 59 Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville 

J. G. Ruston, Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 62 York, Toronto 

D. B. Young, Z.; J. Shields, H.; C. Platton, F. E. Grose, E. W. Mealing, W. 
J. Grierson, G. E. Middleton, G. A. Cooper, P.Z's. 

No. 64 Willson, Welland 

G. W. Curtis, E. C. Hudson, J.; L. R. Brennan, C. E. Griffin, T. Baxter, 


No. 65 St. Paul's, Toronto 

M. (.. ( rcsuick, /.: H. B. Lane, H.; H. (-• Robb, C. B. Parker, R. P. 

Sibbald, m S. Gooderham, \. E. Hanna, E. W. E. Saunders, C. Kilner, 

\ R. fackson, D. H. Boddington, A. J. Smith. (.. R. McBride, R. W. 

Mann. J. A. Shaw, J. S. Thomson, K. Montgomery, P.Z's. 
No. 66 The Malloch, Seaforth 

G. Thompson, /.: |. W. Crick, H., (Proxy) ; J. Bach, J. Doig, P.Z's. 
No. 67 Enterprise, Palmerston 

A. McGugan, I.P.Z.; (.. H. Thomas, Z.; J. E. Hunt, H.; D. A. Cox, J. 

E. Edwards, P./'v 

No. 68 Maitland, Kemptville 

H. D. Hyndman, Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 69 Grimsby, Grimsby 

A. Jarvis, P.Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 71 Prince of Wales, Amherstburg 

R. Sweetman, Z., (Proxy); R. C. Brushett, P.Z. 
No. 74 Beaver, Strathroy 

R. Gihson, /.: R. P. Ostergard (Proxy); A. W. Holt, P.Z's. 
No. 75 St. Clair, Milton 

F. Hayward, P.Z.; J. C. Cunningham, P.Z. 
No. 76 Mount Nebo, Niagara Falls 

C. H. Sheppard (Proxy) ; J. E. Brant, G. E. French, C. L. Leys, P.Z's. 
No. 77 Occident, Toronto 

E. K. Hogaboom, Z.; E. O. Isard, H.; H. Leasy, J.; S. G. Newdick, J. 

Gilchrist, C. Emmett, C. Clayton, R. Falconer, J. A. Prince, S. E. Solley, 

W. H. Shearer, W. F. Damp, Harold Smith, H. P. Hopkinson, James 

Woodland, W. G. Varty, J. M. Burden, P.Z's. 
No. 79 Orient, Toronto 

H. L. Ballod, A. H. Smith, Z.; A. O. Cook, J.; L. L. Querie, W. Scott, 

No. 80 Ark, Windsor 

G. Gardiner, Z.; H. B. Porter, J.; F. Pithie, F. N. Heuchan, P.Z's. 
No. 81 Aylmer, Aylmer 

S. D. Lacey, Z.; H. P. Grant, A. S. Hare, P.Z's. 
No. 82 Shuniah, Port Arthur 

G Neil, (Proxy) P.Z. 
No. 83 Ionic, Orangeville 

R. B. Lackey, Z.; R. W. Calver, H.; W. J. A. Dunn, J.; A. W. Gillespie, 

G. M. Thompson, W. M. Curry, A. L. Hartmier, P.Z's. 
No. 84 Lebanon Wingham 

A. J. H. MacDonald, Z.; R. A. Coutts, P.Z. 
No. 90 Golden, Kenora 

C. E. Letman, P.Z. 
No. 91 Toronto-Antiquity , Toronto 

C. Howes, J.; J. Bailey, Z.; D. M. Coghill, H.; A. F. Tannahill, Robert 

Sommerville, D. Calder, James Silk, H. J. Nelson, A. C. Balmer, Paul 

Pipps, J. Wallace, Arthur Brooks, W. J. Stewart, C. G. Litherland, W. 

J. Lake, A. A. Kitchen, S. Donnan, P.Z's. 
No. 94 Midland Lindsay 

E. Salway, R. Price, Z.; R. Mark, H.; L. A. Gilkinson, J.; W. C. Blackwell, 

George McCombe, P.Z's. 
No. 95 Tuscan, Sudbury 

W. B. Walker (Proxy), Z.; George Grieve, E. T. Quernev, C. A. Eby, 
No. 102 Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie 

W. F. Lett (Proxy), Z.; J. E. Davidson, P.Z. 


No. 103 St. John's, North Bay 

H. E. Ward, R. F. Not! (Prow) . P.Z's. 
No. 104 White Oak, OakvUle 

Gordon Brown, /.. CI. T. Sherrv, H.; W '. R. Edwards, John Hadden, 

Stanley Portch, G. C. Gibson, P.Z's. 
No. 110 Warkworth, Warkworth 

H. S. Ewing, Z., (Proxy) ; J. Sloan Ewing, H. 
No. 113 Covenant, Cormcall 

W. H. Eaton, (Proxy) , Z. 
No. 114 Bonnechere, Renfrew 

H. W. Mavhew, (Proxy) P.Z. 
No, 115 Brant, Paris 

R. C. Walker, J., (Proxy); J. L. Churchill, P.Z. 
No. 117 Kitchener, Kitchener 

F. Hoodless, I. R. Marshall, Z., (Proxy); A. C. Mason, E. Downing, G. 
H. Shannon, W. R. Cooper, W. J. Stoner, R. A. M. Carse, F. H. Croft, 

No. 119 King Cyrus, Leamington 

H. Lynn (Proxy) Z.; A. S. H. Cree, R. A. Willett, G. Bloomfield, A. 

Bunn, E. H. Brennan, B. M. White, N. D. Peters, P.Z's. 
No. 130 Chantry , Southampton 

W. H. Gorrell, O. Stevenson (Proxy) , L. A. Smith, J. A. George, J. J. 

Chapman, A. M. Ruxton, R. A. Telford, P.Z's. 
No. 131 Amabel, Wiarton 

G. Bell, J., (Proxy). 

No. 132 Leeds, Gananoque 

G. Gibbons, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 133 St. Francis, Smith's Falls 

R. McCreary, Z. (Proxy) ; W. McCollum, G. Phillips, P.Z's. 
No. 135 Succoth, Uxbridge 

E. N. Ballard, Z. (Proxy) ; M. Veitch, H. V. Watson, W. S. Hockberg, 

No. 138 Shekinah, Toronto 

H. O. Hughes, Z.; T. Murphy, H.; T. R. Todd, J.; H. Huggins, E. W. 

Peaijson, E. H. Hughes, E. E. Dobson, R. Ackerman, E. A. Snell, A. 
. W. Cook, J. Benson, J. Marr, G. W. Tindall, P.Z's. 
No. 140 Fort William, Fort William 

G. Neill, P.Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 143 Glengarry, Maxville 

C. B. McDermid, Z. 
No. 144 Presqu'ile, Brighton 

K. A. McQuoid, (Proxy) , O. L. Morrow, P.Z's. 
No. 145 The St. Patrick, Toronto 

R. L. Carr, R. F. Higgins, Z.; A. J. Martin, J.; L. B. Morrison, H.; W. J. 

Johnston, W. C. Johnston, T. S. Westcott, E. E. Reid, J. R. Legecy, 

M. A. Searle, R. J. Lewis, G. F. Bolton, W. J. Tow, P. W. Rogers, W. 

R. Ledger, E. A. Colwell, R. H. Dee, D. P. Collins, W. E. Pomeroy, P.Z's. 
No. 146 Bernard, Listowel 

L. Schure, Z. (Proxy); J. A. Wilson, J.; S. Bartja, A. Dahmer, W. H. 

Sargent, M. G. Beatty, S. Morris, P.Z's. 
No. 147 Lucknow, Lucknow 

J. W. Stewart, P.Z. 
No. 148 St. John's, Vankleek Hill 

G. D. Maclntyre, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 149 A twood, Rainy River 

A E. MacLean, P.Z. (Proxy) . 


No. 150 London, London 

R. R. Roberts, Z. (Proxy) : L. A. Steels, A. G. N. Bradshaw, T. Welch, 

J. Smith, |. W. Plewes, I- W. Carson, P.Z's. 
No. 151 LaurentianjPembroke 

D. Burns. /.; C. Stone. J.; E. T. Wood. A. R. I laser, E. C. McCullagh, 


No. 153 Sornbra, Wallaceburg 

E. R. Rupert, /. (Proxy); J. A. I.illic, J. Burnett, P.Z's. 
No. 161 Miulor, Madoc 

R. Dafoe, Z. (Proxy); E. P. Nayler, D. Kcrnohan, P.Z's. 
No. 1G3 The Beaches, Torovto 

F. Shuker, /.; A. T. Trotter, H.; G. F. Allen, J.; F. Spracklin, E. E. 
Ritcey, T. Middleton, T. J. Mason, H. Perkins. 

No. 167 Kichikewana, Midland 

J. R. Parrott, /.; L. W. Watson, H.; C. P. Eagles, P.Z. 
No. 168 Ionic, Campbelljord 

J. Meier. Z.; P. Melville, H.; T. H. Burgis, E. J. Wilmink, W. H. 

Brady, P.Z's. 
No. 169 Temiskaming, New Liskeard 

J. L. Ronnalls, Z. (Proxy) ; J. Penman, A. W. Sanderson, P.Z's. 
No. 175 The Hamilton, Hamilton 

J. R. Dunbar, J.; F. W. Dean (Proxy) ; A. P. L. Goering, W. J. Shaw, 

J. T. Broadbent, P.Z's. 
No. 195 Peel, Brampton 

Fred Kline, Z.; K. Davidson, H.; R. V. Conover, H. Spratt, R. W. Hall, 

E. A. Hay, P.Z's. 

No. 198 Couchiching, Orillia 

R Skinner, Z.; J. A. Trill, H.; H. W. Gill, D. C. Patmore, Win. Russell, 

No. 205 Victoria, Thornhill 

H. Ince, J.; H. S. Sparks, P.Z. 
No. 212 Mount Sinai, Toronto 

H Sayles, H.; S. J. Sword, S. Perlman, P.Z's. 
No. 213 Northern Lights, Timmins 

F. Jackson, Z.; F. Wills, G. Jones, P.Z's. 
No. 215 Mimico, Mimico 

T. B. Rogers, (Proxy) , P.Z. 
No. 217 St. Alban's, Toronto 

J. Bedwell, Z.; W. J. Webber, H.; T. R. Briscoe, J.; J. Turnbull, H. E. 

Walker, J. A. Mackie, C. R. Kincaid, J. L. House, G. W. McRae, F. 

Schytte, P.Z's. 
No. 218 Prince Edward, Shelburne 

H. Emrick, W. Newell, Z.; W. Pacey, H.; I. Edwards, W. Tipping, S. 

Patterson, A. H. Jelly, P.Z's. 
No. 219 Ulster, Toronto 

G. Anthony, Z.; T. H. Barker, J.; G. Sheard, H.; J L. Darge, J. L. 
Hewson, J. Symes, D. S. MacLachlan, H. C. Kesteven, R. A. Boddy, L. 
J. Colling, R. E. Story, J. S. Bremner, P.Z's. 

No. 220 Lebanon Lambton Mills 

H. Miller, Z.; G. Horner, J.; A. E. Sharp, W. A. McKague, J. H. Dicken, 
W. H. Carr, W. F. Leuty, W. M. Creech, J. A. Evans, W. J. New love, 
W. H. Carr, P.Z's. 

No. 222 Ottawa, Ottawa 

J. Sinclair, J.; A. G. Humphries (Proxy) ; C. M. Pitts, H. T. C. Hum- 
phries, R. E. Isboster, P.Z's. 

No. 223 Abitibi, Iroquois Falls 

Parker Faler, P.Z. (Proxy). 


No. 224 Keystone, Hamilton 

R. CUrk, I'./. (Prow). 

No. 22") Beaver, Toronto 

H. W. Richardson. /.: S. W, Alexander. J.; C. L. Carter, W. J. Brackner, 
}. C. Day, J. S. Pickard, F. H. Carter, C. E. Woodstock, Wm. Pendleton, 
J. F. Winston, A. T. Thorpe, J. Alcorn. R. Wilson, A. H. Hann, P.Z's. 

No. 227 Quint e Friendship, Belleville 

J. A. Ireland, Z. (Proxy) ; M. R. Anderson, B. H. Smith. 

No. 230 Port Credit, Port Credit 

D. McKee, P.Z. 

No. 231 The St. Clair, Toronto 

R. S. Richie, Z.; G. E. Henry, H.; D. N. Pugsley, J.; J. W. Woodland, 

W. G. Davev, H. L. Martyn, L .A. Stiver, W. K. Herd, A. E. Johnson, 

M. K. McDonald, R. J. Corner, E. C. Shunk, P.Z's 
No. 232 King Cyrus, Toronto 

J. Banks, Z.; R. I. Johnston, H.; E. W. Hazard, R. Fick, C. Harris, T. 

H. Williamson, E. H. Stanners, K. N. Carrie, W. Black, A. L. Tinker, 

W. M. McKenzie, J. A. M. Taylor, P.Z's. 
No. 233 Oakwood, Toronto 

A. Munro, H.; A. Hannah, W. E. Gardner, O. J. Foreman, E. Hum- 
phreys, A. E. Hayward, F. E. Johnson, J. Burns, P.Z's. 

No. 234 Halton, Georgetown 

W. R. Cromar, Z.; J. E. McCaig, J.; G. C. Brown, P.Z. 
No. 235 Aurora, Aurora 

T. Newton, Z.; F. Hughes, H.; F. Hope, F. Lacey, A. C. Welk, P.Z's. 
No. 236 Caledonia, Caledonia 

J. Forester, Z.; S. G. Parke, J.; C. K. Matteson, H.; E. Burke, P.Z. 
No. 238 The St. Andrew, London 

J. C. Wilson, W. G. Chapman, W. Hodge, (Proxy) ; C. B. Morton, C. 

Baker, E. W. Mitchell, P.Z's. 
No. 239 Blenheim, Blenheim 

G. Bailey, Z. (Proxy); L. B. Boyle, P.Z. 
No. 240 Smithville, Smithville 

Sam Magder, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 241 University, Toronto 

. H. A. Parkes, Z.; R. Pollock, H.; H. S. Biggs, W. S. M. Enouy, A. Pickles, 

E. Pickles, Percy Rogers, P.Z's. 
No. 242 St. Paul's, Lambeth 

J. Lawrence, Z.; K. Crinklaw, H.; F. G. Sheppard, P.Z. 
No. 243 McKay, Stoney Creek 

J. H. Lee, E. T. Spera, (Proxy) ; W. N. Spera, P.Z's. 
No. 245 Preston, Preston 

B. Corry, H.; A. P. Hertel, A. Klaassen, F. Illingworth, P.Z's. 
No. 246 Humber, Weston 

M. Macdonald, R. H. Taylor, J. Johnson, Z.; A. F. Nesbit, Jr., H.; S. J. 

Totten, A. F. Nisbet, H. J. Rees, O. H. Sloane, E. Lunnan, D. J. McLean, 

No. 247 Nilestown, Nilestown 

G. Tucker, P.Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 248 Dochert, Arnprior 

C. J. Foley, Z. (Proxy) . 

No. 249 Palestine, Bowmanville 

W. H. Gibson, Z.; J. H. Jose, H.; L. T. McLaughlin, P.Z. 
No. 250 Thomas Peters, Windsor 

E. C. Fencott, Z. (Proxy) ; A. H. MacQuarrie, P.Z. 
No. 251 Kirkland, Kirkland Lake 

E. J. Harris, Z. (Proxy). 


No. 252 Hiawatha, Sarnia 

S. Breakey. /. (Proxy); J. H. Coleman, P.Z. 
No. 253 Regal, Port Dover 

A. E. Williamson, Z. (Proxy) . 
No. 25 I ( .olden Star, Dry den 

Charles Fotheringham, P./. (Proxy) . 
No. 255 Tillsonburg, Tillsonburg 

R. D. Macdonald, P./.. 
No. 256 Yukon, Whitchorse, Y.T. 

J. A. M. Taylor, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 257 Espanola, Espanola 

S. D. Spence, Z.; J. S. Boucher, H. 

The following 23 Chapters were not represented: — 

Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich. 

Excelsior, No. 45, Colborne. 

St. James, No. 46, St. Mary's 

Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa 

Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte. 

Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine 

Keystone Chapter, No. 72, Stirling 

Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown 

Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill 

McNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg. 

Maple Leaf Chapter, No. 116, Carleton Place. 

Elliot Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell 

King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington 

Alberton Chapter, No. 152, Fort Frances. 

Klondike Chapter, No. 154, Dawson City 

Ancaster Chapter, No. 155, Ancaster 

Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome 

Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184, Fort Erie N. 

Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 210, Russell 

Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham 

Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Inwood 

133 Chapters were represented. 
23 Chapters were not represented. 


There were 596 Registered Delegates, having a total vote of 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

James W. Woodland, Chairman. 
Edward H. Stanners, Vice-Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Woodland, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on Credentials be received 
and adopted. 



The Most Excellent, the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe E. 
to call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Jurisdictions, 
when they assembled before the Altar. The following Grand Repre- 
sentatives answered their names: 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, Toronto Alabama 

M. " " Reg. V. Conover, Brampton Alberta 

R. " " Percy Rogers, Toronto Arizona 

R. " " John L. House, Toronto British Columbia 

R. " " Harvey J. Milne, Kingston Connecticut 

R. " " George W. Slack, Uxbridge Delaware 

R. " " Fred J. Johnson, Toronto Dist of Columbia 

R. " *' Kenneth N. Carrie, Toronto Florida 

R. " " A. L. Tinker, Toronto Indiana 

R. " " Ben F. Nott, North Bay Iowa 

R. " " A. P. Goering, Hamilton Kansas 

R. " " Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Leamington Kentucky 

R. " " W. Bailie Stothers, London Louisiana ' 

M. " " Fred W. Dean, Hamilton Michigan 

R. " " Wm. J. Tow, Toronto Missouri 

R. " " Wm. S. M. Enouy, Toronto Nebraska 

R. " " J. W. Plewes, London New Brunswick 

R. ' " N. M. Sprague, Trenton New Hampshire 

R. " " G. Harold Shannon, Kitchener New Jersey 

M. " " J. M. Burden, Toronto New York 

R. " " J. A. Evans, Toronto New Zealand 

R. ' Joseph Penman, Kirkland Lake North Carolina 

R. " " L. Hewson, Toronto North Dakota 

M. " " C. M. Pitts, Ottawa Nova Scotia 

R. " " A. G. N. Bradshaw, London Ohio 

R. ' " J. A. M. Taylor, Hornby Quebec 

R. " " James E. Girven Saskatchewan 

R. " • " Ed. H. Brennan, Leamington Rhode Island 

V. ' " Alex. McD. Hannah, Toronto Scotland 

R. " " D. C. Patmore, Orillia South Dakota 

R. " " Chas. Fotheringham, Perth Tennessee 

R. ' " Chas. Sheppard, Niagara Falls Vermont 

V. ' " Sid. J. Newdick, Toronto Victoria 

R. " " Fred G. Smith, Ottawa Virginia 

R. " " M. A. Searle, Toronto Washington 

V. " " W. J. Shaw, Hamilton West Australia 

R. ' " Harry J. McCallum, London West Virginia 

R. ' " J. W. Woodland, Toronto Wisconsin 

R. " " Robert Clark, Hamilton Wyoming 

Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw extended a warm welcome 
to the representatives and asked them to keep in contact with their 
respective Grand Chapters and to try and strengthen the fraternal 
bonds of union with our sister jurisdictions. Grand Honors were 
then given to the 39 representatives, M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden 
spoke on behalf of all representatives present. 



To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

My Companions: 

Again, by Divine Providence, we are privileged to meet together 
at this Ninety-fifth Annual Convocation of our Grand Chapter, 
and by the kindness of the Companions of Toronto are enabled to 
hold our deliberations in their City which is a benefit to us all. So 
we gratefully thank the Toronto Companions, especially the Princi- 
pals' Association of the two Toronto Districts. 

It seems difficult for me to realize that one year has passed 
since I stood before you in a similar situation, thereby bringing 
forcibly to my attention the truth of the statement "Time is fleet- 
ing." The older one gets the more one wishes for eternal youth 
when time seems an eternity to do and accomplish all that arises 
daily on the horizons of one's life which in youth seems but a 
vague necessity with endless time to perform, but which in the 
autumn of life forcibly reminds one that time waits for no man, and 
therefore the time to do is "now"— for both young and old. Take 
time by the forelock, now, and do not let go. 

While our New Year commences on January 1st, in winter 
time as it were, the sere and yellow leaf of old age, yet it is in the 
Spring we feel our spirits renewed, a revitalising of ourselves with 
the freshness of the air, the perfume of the Spring flowers and the 
glory of the warmth in the rays of the light and life giving sun. 
So now we arrive at another Grand Session, eager to sum up, ap- 
praise, and we hope obtain a satisfaction for things accomplished, 
with a desire to go forward to an earnest performing of even greater 
accomplishments in the future. 

Once more we rejoice to fraternize with all our friends, and 
greet them with a sincerity of heart and mind. To all present, I 
extend my warmest felicitations, with the hope that our deliberations 
will be fruitful and beneficial to our Order, so that at the close of 
this Convocation it may be said— it was a period of duties "well 


To-day, as heretofore, we delight to welcome our Distinguished 
Guests from Sister Jurisdictions, and those from the United States 
of America. We feel honoured by their presence, charmed by their 
individual personalities, and we hope that the pleasure each 
derives from their visit to this Convocation will, in some measure, 
equal the warmth of the feelings which emanate from our hearts. 

It is a personal disappointment to me, and I know to us all, 
that Most Worshipful Brother and Excellent Companion Nelson C. 
Hart, our Grand Master, is unable to attend this Convocation, but 
we are delighted to welcome Right Worshipful Brother and Com- 
panion J. A. Hearn, the Deputy Grand Master, and we ask him 
to please convey to the Grand Master, the assurance of the 
loyalty of the Companions of this Jurisdiction, with our united hope 
that his tour of duty as Grand Master has been a great success. We 
are likewise sorry that our genial Grand Secretary has perforce to 
be absent on this occasion. 

It would be remiss on my part if I omitted to specially mention 
how enthused we are at the presence of the Sovereign Grand Com- 
mander of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, who is one of 
own Past Grand First Principals, viz., Most Illustrious Brother and 
Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacLeod Pitts. We are 
indeed gratified to welcome him in his new exalted office, and 
pray that the Great Jehovah will give him health and strength to 
continue his great contribution to Masonry in its many branches. 

We are also delighted to welcome the representatives of the 
Sovereign Great Priory of Canada; of the Order of High Priesthood; 
of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, Cryptic Rite; 
and of the Masonic and Military Order of the Knights of Red 
Cross of Constantine and Appendant Orders. 

The ramifications of the Masonic Order are many; we trust all 
have their place in the worship of God, and in the welfare and 
benefit of our fellowman. Especially do we pray that from Masonry's 
various pathways our Masonic travellers may learn the all important 
lesson, that to all masons "God is", thus by its teachings elevating 
Masonic votaries to greater service in the world, which is so 
necessary to-day. 

What a spiritual uplift it would be if I could now assure every- 
one here that peace is in the World to stay; the peace of God which 


passes all understanding. However, my Companions, the emptiness 
of such a remark is apparent when we view the Universe as it is 
to-day. The World is labouring under the weight of "Isms"; our 
democracy— as we know it— is assailed by these supposed Apostles 
of peace; their apparent guilclessness is guiltiness; their plausibility 
lies; their offerings of friendship, pitfalls; and their idea of freedom, 
cruelty and slavery. How shall we evade these enemies; how shall 
we overcome their deadliness? My Companions, the only safe- 
guard, the only hope, the only surety against these "Isms" is implicit 
trust in our great Jehovah. Let us carry out fully, completely, and 
wholeheartedly part of our first great Constitutional charge "By 
imploring God's aid on all our lawful undertakings." There is the 
answer to all "Isms"— trusting God. Surely, we who think of the 
Volume of the Sacred Law as our "Great Light" really believe that. 
Then, if so, remember the first four words of that "Great Light"— 
"In the beginning God." Not in the beginning "Isms" or any such 
fallacy, but "In the beginning God." Disbelieve this great statement 
and our "Great Light" is dark; it would be of no consequence, but 
knowing we do not think this then why worry over "Isms." God was, 
is, and shall forever be when "Isms" will be no more than an un- 
pleasant memory. 


At Grand Chapter last year, as you know, a resolution of 
sympathy and loyalty to Her Majesty The Queen, was sent by this 
Grand Chapter, and I now quote Her Majesty's reply to our ex- 
pressions, of fealty on that occasion— addressed to your Grand 
First Principal: — 

Buckingham Palace, 
11th July, 1952. 
Dear Sir, 

I am commanded to ask you to convey to the members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Canada 
the sincere thanks of The Queen for the illuminated copy 
of the Resolution of sympathy and loyalty passed at their 
Annual Convocation. 

Her Majesty greatly appreciated the kind terms of 
this Resolution. 

Yours truly, 

Sgd. Edward Ford. 


I should like to add here that on March 26th, 1953, a com- 
munication was sent to the Right Honourable Vincent Massey, 
C.H., at Government House, Ottawa, Ontario, as follows: — 

Your Excellency: 

Will you please convey to Her Majesty, Queen Eliza- 
beth II, and members of the Royal Family, the profound 
sympathy of the Companions of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada, on the death of her 
Illustrious Grandmother, Queen Mary. 

May we also pledge our loyalty and devotion to Her 
Majesty's person and Commonwealth. 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, Fred J. Johnson, 

Grand Z. Attested Grand Scribe E. 

Again, this year, the grim reaper has been busy to our great 
sorrow, and we are left with the memories of our passed loved 

One great loss sustained in the Masonic Ranks of this Juris- 
diction was the passing of the late Most Worshipful Brother and 
Most Excellent Companion Roderick B. Dargavel, one of the most 
lovable members of our fraternity; a brother and companion of 
outstanding ability and capacity; a deep thinker; a humanitarian; 
and a sincere Christian. His death is a great loss to us all. , 

This late loved Companion was born at Elgin, Ontario, on 
October 15th, 1875 and died at Toronto, Ontario, on September 
21st, 1952. 

His Masonic career is as follows: — 

Initiated in St. George Lodge, No. 367, G.R.C., October 10th, 

Worshipful Master, 1918-19. 

District Deputy Grand Master, Toronto District, No. 22A, 

Deputy Grand Master, 1927-28. 

Most Worshipful the Grand Master, 1929-30. 

Superviosr of Benevolence, 1931-1952. 

ANM \I, CONVCX \ilo\. rORONTO, 1953 27 

Honorary Member of 28 Constituent Lodges in Ontario. 

Honorary Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Alberta; 
the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan; and the Grand Lodge of British 

Representative to the United Grand Lodge of England. 

Past President of the Associated Boards of Masonic Relief for 
Canada and United States. 

Exalted into Royal Arch Masonry in Toronto Antiquity Chap- 
ter No. 91, in 1912. 

Charter Member and Past First Principal of Humber Chapter, 
No. 246. 

Honorary Past Grand First Principal Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada, 1941. 

Received into Toronto Lodge of Perfection 14° in 1919; the 
Toronto Chapter Rose Croix 18° in 1920; and Moore Sovereign 
Consistory 32° Hamilton, 1929. 

Honorary 33° in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Su- 
preme Council for the Dominion of Canada. 

In Church and Civic Interests, this late distinguished Mason 
was an Elder of High Park United Church; and he was an Honorary 
Member of the Commercial Travellers' Association of Canada, and 
member of the Empire Club and the Granite Club, Toronto. His 
was a great life, well lived. 

Also, it is with much sorrow that I mention the passing of a 
very distinguished Mason on February 17th, 1953, viz., The Earl 
of Lauderdale, who, at the time of his death, was the Most Excellent 
Grand First Principal of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Scotland, and our Representative near such Grand Chapter. 
Naturally condolences over his passing were sent by this Grand 
Chapter. We mourn his death— a distinct loss to the Craft. 

The complete list of our Fraternal Dead will be given in the 
Report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead. 

With bowed heads and heavy hearts we mourn their passing 
and express sincere sympathy to all their loved ones. 




Space will not permit me to relate in detail all the interesting 
happenings on my many visits to Districts and individual Chapters, 
although I will enlarge on some. We have no need to be worried 
at the state of our Capitular Masonry which is on the upward 
march, but still much can be done by our Companions to aggressive- 
ly and intelligently bring to the notice of their Craft Brethren, 
the advantages to be gained by completing their pure ancient 
Masonic knowledge. 



Chapter, Lodge 
or Event. 

S-Grand Council, R. & S.M. 
5— The Tuscan Lodge 
16— Kitchener Chapter 

18-Palestine Chapter 
19-Waterloo Chapter 

20— London Chapter 
28-The Malloch Chapter 






Sarnia Official Guest. 

London Third Degree. 

Kitchener Presented D.S.M. to Comp. John 
H. Franks and invested R. Ex. 
Comp. H. Shannon with regalia 
of Grand Registrar. 

St. Thomas 

Attended Divine Service and ad- 
dressed Companions afterwards-. 
Presented 25 year P. Principal 
Jewel to Ex. Comp. J. B. Biggar, 
and a P. Principal Jewel to a 
Past Principal. H.R.A. Degree. 
H.R.A. Degree. 
H.R.A. Degree. 


Sea forth 


9-12-Grand Chapter and 

Grand Lodge, Nova Scotia 

1 7— London Chapter 
19-Grahd Chapter Office 
25-27-Grand Chapter of 

New Brunswick 
27-St. George's Chapter 

29-District Chapters* 

Service, Niagara District. 


N.S. Official Guest and Speaker. Pre- 

sented with Joseph Conway Brown 
Medal by Grand Chapter, Nova 
150 London Addressed Companions. 

Toronto Grand Chapter Affairs. 

Fredericton Official Guest and Speaker 
Elected Hon. P.G.Z. 
Visit of Lucknow Chapter, No. 
147, H.R.A. Degree. 
Divine Service Christ Church. 
Read Lesson. 

Ni. Falls 

15-17-Grand Lodge 

Toronto Official Guest. 


16— Grand Conclave, Red 

Cross of Constantine 
20-30— Sovereign Great Priory and 

Canadian Grand Chapters. 


22— En Route to Temiskaming 

23— Northern Lights Chapter 
24— Abitibi Chapter 

25— Temiskaming Chapter 



26— En route from New Liskeard to London 

London Official Guest. 


Alta. Representative at Sixth Annual 


North Bay Dinner with certain Companions 

of New Ontario District. 
Timmins Dinner and Reception. 

Falls Dinner and Entertainment 

Liskeard Reception and Banquet 

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n.n • 

Chapter. I odgc 
or Event 


I en ation 

()i ( ation 


2— -Sombra Chapter 

S— Ark Chapter 

4-Field Day 

London District. 
10-Grand Chapter of Oliio 

22-Signet Chapter 




Waluu eburg 






23-27— In Pennsylvania and Washington on Masonic Affairs. 
27-31 — Grand Chapter of Virginia. Richmond, 

Va. Official Guest. 

Given Honorary Mem- 
bership Certificate. 

T'.th Anniversary Banquet. Given 

Honorary Membership Certificate. 
All degrees conferred. 

Official Guest. 
H.R.A. Degree. 


3— The Tuscan Lodge 
11— London Chapter 
12-Grand Chapter Office 

13— Orient Chapter 

14— St. John's Chapter 
19-Carleton Chapter 

21-The St. Patrick Chapter 

195 London 

150 London 



24-Aylmer Chapter 81 

28-Corinthian Chapter 36 

29-London Chapter 150 


2-11-At Philadelphia, New York and 
3 - 5— Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania 


3 London 
16 Ottawa 

145 Toronto 



Third Degree. 
H.R.A. Degree. 

Meeting of Grand Council and 

H.R.A. Degree conferred on the 
Deputy Grand Master. 
Guest at Banquet. 
Reception and Banquet. 
Hon. Past Principal. 

Reception and Banquet. 
Degree. Given Honorary Mem- 
bership Certificate. 
Banquet and Reception. Given 
Honorary Membership Certificate 
Dedication of Chapter Room. 
Installed Most Worshipful Bro. 
and Comp. Nelson C. Hart as an 
Excellent Past First Principal. 





Official Guest. 

5 - 8-At New York. 

8-11— Grand Chapter of Boston 


Official Guest. 



13— Signet Chapter 

14— Grand Chapter Office 

14— St. Paul's Chapter 
19— Minnewawa Chapter 
21— Tuscan Lodge 

29— The Principals' Association. 

34 Barrie Installation of Officers. 

Toronto Meeting of Grand Council and 
65 Toronto Installation of Officers. 
78 Parkhill Installation of Officers. 
437 Sarnia Installation of Officers. Gave 

Final Charge. 
Toronto Annual Banquet. 


2— The Tuscan Lodge 
11— Leopold Lodge 

I3-Districts No. 8 and 8A. 
17— London Chapter 
25-27-Grenville Chapter 

27— St. George's Chapter 








D.D.G.M's. Night. First Degree. 
Banquet. Presented 50 year Grand 
Lodge Jewel to Wor. Bro. Ernest 
Vail. Addressed the gathering. 
Reception and Banquet. 
M.E.M. Degree. 

Reception and Banquet St. Lawr- 
ence District No. 12. 
M.E.M. Degree. Given Honorary' 
Membership Certificate. 



Date Chnptcr. I 
or Event. 





2— Grimsby Chapter 



11 -Regal Chapter 
IS— Occident Chapter 


Pt. Dovei 

27-Oxford Chapter 


6— The Tuscan Lodge 
8-Grand Chapter Office 

14- White Oak Chapter 

15— St. John's Chapter 

•The St. Andrew Chapter 





Reception and Banquet Niagara 
District No. 7. 

H.R.A. Degree and Banquet. 
Reception and Banquet. H.R.A. 

Woodstock Reception and Banquet. H.R.A. 
Degree. Given Honorary Member- 
ship Certificate. 




First Degree. 

Meeting of Grand Council and 
Past G.Z's. 

District Reception. Given Hon- 
orary Membership Certificate. 
Reception and Banquet. Pre- 
sentation of 2. r > year Past Princi- 
pal Jewels to R. Ex. Comp. Sam 
McCoy and Ex. Comp. W. E. 
Cane. Also 50 year Jewels to 
Comps. John Crinklaw, F. B. 
Gidley, A. Roy Rutledge and 
Charles R. Will. Given Life 
Membership Certificate. 
Banquet and Reception. H.R.A. 
Degree. Entertaining Ionic Chap- 
ter No. 161, Detroit, Mich. 

My itinerary has taken me near and far from home, but every 
visitation has been full of interest, filled with experience, and of 
much happiness. To all who have made these occasions so joyful, 
and for the many honours and gifts showered upon me, I can only 
say I thank you most sincerely and appreciate from the depths of 
my heart— everything. 

As usual, there has been two International Events, one in New 
York State, at which I was kindly represented by Most Excellent 
Companion Clarence MacLeod Pitts; the other on March 7th, 1953 
at Sarnia, under the auspices of Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252. Un- 
fortunately, I was unable to attend this latter event, as I was under 
the Doctor's care suffering from a second attack of the "flu." It 
was a great disappointment, but my place was most efficiently filled 
by our genial Grand Second Principal Right Excellent Companion 
J. A. M. Taylor to whom I am most grateful. 

Some mention must be made of my visit to the Temiskaming 
District, No. 16, last September, in company with our Grand Scribe 
E., Right Excellent Companion Fred J. Johnson. The Companions 
at Timmins, Iroquois Falls and New Liskeard were most kind; 
particularly am I indebted to our Grand Superintendent in that 
District, Right Excellent Companion Parker Faler; He was with 
us at each of the three places, arranged that we were conducted 

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through a gold mine; the Abitibi Pulp and Taper Company; and 
generally saw that we secured some idea of the Industrial concerns 
which are peculiar to Northern Ontario. It was a most enjoyable 
experience! and the Companions' practical evidence of their plea- 
sure at our visit was greatly appreciated. 

Again, an important occasion to me was a second visit to 
Ottawa, this time to Carleton Chapter, No. 16, when I was privileged 
to witness, and permitted to take part in, the conferring of the Holy 
Royal Arch Degree on Twenty-two candidates. The progress of 
this Chapter is remarkable, and they arc setting an example that 
other Chapters could follow with great benefit. It is now my good 
fortune to be an Honorary Member of both Ottawa Chapters. I 
am proud of the honour. 

Another outstanding event to me was my attendance at the 
Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia in June, 1952, at Halifax, N.S., not 
only because I was visiting the City where I was born more years 
ago than I care to think about, but also for the many courtesies 
shown me while there, especially the conferring of the Joseph Con- 
way Brown Medal which I greatly appreciated, and wear on all ap- 
propriate occasions; one such being the present Grand Convocation. 

It was also a delight to attend the Grand Chapter of New 
Brunswick at Fredericton in June 1952; the home City of our 
distinguished Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacLeod Pitts; 
and to be further honoured by this Grand Chapter asking me to 
be the guest speaker; in addition to making me a Past Grand First 
Principal of the Grand Chapter of that Province This overwhelm- 
ing kindness thrilled me greatly. 

An occasion of importance was the celebration of the Seventy- 
fifth Anniversary of Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor, Ont. The 
Companions of this Chapter are to be congratulated on reaching 
this milestone, and we trust they will continue to advance their 
Chapter, so that the hundredth year celebration will find Ark 
Chapter one of the first in this Jurisdiction. The conferring on 
me of an Honorary Membership by Ark Chapter was one of the 
most pleasant surprises of my tour. 

No one likes to be remiss, but that would be my lot if I failed 
to mention the particular evening in Orient Chapter, No. 79, 
Toronto, on November 13th, 1952, when the Holy Royal Arch 
Degree was conferred on Right Worshipful Brother J. A. Hearn, 


the Deputy Grand Master. It was a pleasure to be permitted to take 
part in this Degree and to welcome so distinguished a Mason as a 
Companion of our Capitular Rite. 

The Dedication of the Chapter Room of Corinthian Chapter, 
No. 36, Peterborough, Ontario, on November 28th, 1952, was a 
Masonic duty which always thrills those who take part, and those 
who are present, because we feel, as Companions of the Holy Royal 
Arch, that God's blessing is specially invoked on our Meeting 
place and on ourselves. Let us never forget that our Chapter 
Rooms are dedicated places; that our prayers are offered to God, 
asking that He, in His gracious wisdom, may accept our offering 
and fill our Chapter Room with His presence. He will, He does, 
He stays, and He blesses, so long as we are deserving and our 
behaviour warrants such goodness. This was an inspiring occasion 
and the dedication service carried out faultlessly. 

An event of great moment was the Installing of Most Worship- 
ful Brother and Companion Nelson C. Hart, our Grand Master, 
as a Past First Principal of London Chapter, No. 150, on November 
29th, 1952. The following distinguished brethren graced the oc- 
casion and took part in the Ceremonies, viz., 

Most Excellent Companion R. V. E. Conover, 

Most Excellent Companion Fred W. Dean, 

Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacLeod Pitts, 

Right Excellent Companion J. A. M. Taylor, Grand Second Principal 

It was inspiring evening; the ceremony was well performed; and 
the Grand Master expressed his thanks and appreciation with a 
keen insight to the value of Capitular Masonry. 

It was my pleasure to attend the Installation Ceremonies of 
Signet Chapter, No. 34, at Barrie; of St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, 
at Toronto; and of Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, at Parkhill. I 
thank the Officers and Companions of such Chapters for their 
kindness in inviting me to attend and take part. 

One very outstanding event I cannot allow to pass by without 
comment was the Reception given me by the Companions of Tor- 
onto Districts Nos. 8 and 8A, on Friday, February 13th, 1953. I 
cannot thank the Companions enough for their kindness on that 
occasion; particularly must I thank both Grand Superintendents, 
Right Excellent Companions Frank D. Lacey and William A. Mc- 
Kague, for the trouble taken by them to make the reception one 


full of happiness to me. It was a delightful evening, one I shall 
never forget, and the very practical evidence of the thoughtfulness 
and kindness of the Toronto Companions will stand in my home 
while life lasts. I am indeed most grateful. 

It is incumbent upon me also to express my great pleasure 
at the welcomes received, and kindnesses extended to me as guest 
at the various Annual Convocations which I was privileged to 
attend, viz., The Grand Chapter of Ohio at Columbus, Ohio; the 
Grand Chapter of Virginia at Richmond, Va.; the Grand Chapter 
of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, Pa.; and the Grand Chapter of 
Massachusetts at Boston, Mass. At the Grand Chapter of Ohio, 
Most Excellent Companion Fred W. Dean was present also, while 
at the Grand Chapter of Virginia I was accompanied by our Grand 
Scribe E., Right Excellent Companion Fred. J. Johnson. 

I am most grateful to Right Excellent Companion J. A. M. 
Taylor, Our Grand Second Principal, for representing our Grand 
Chapter at the Grand Chapter of New Hampshire; and due to my 
recent illness, attending as our representative at the Grand Chapter 
of Quebec at Montreal; to Most Excellent Companion Fred W. 
Dean for being our representative at the Grand Chapter of Michi- 
gan; and to Most Excellent Companion John M. Burden for being 
our representative at the Grand Chapter of New York; and on 
March 19th, 1953, for kindly officiating at the dedication of the 
Chapter Room of Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, at Midland, On- 
tario, my absence again being due to illness. I sincerely thank these 
distinguished Companions, who were well received on their re- 
spective visits, and reported most favourably on these events. 

I also wish to thank Most Excellent Companion R. V. E. 
Conover for representing me at the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Cele- 
bration of Palestine Chapter, No. 249, at Bowmanville, Ontario, 
on February 16th, 1953. This distinguished Companion was most 
cordially received and reported fully on this outstanding event which 
was a great success. I congratulate the Officers and Companions 
of Palestine Chapter and hope they will continue to progress. 

It was a distinct pleasure to visit Occident Chapter, No. 77, on 
March 13th, 1953, as the Companions of this Chapter kindly made 
me an Honorary Member at their Seventy-fifth Anniversary last 
year, although I unfortunately was absent on that occasion, so it 
was delightful to be present at their Seventy-sixth Anniversary and 


to be so graciously received. There was a very large attendance 
of Present and Past Grand Chapter Officers which I greatly appreci- 
ated. I was permitted to take part in the Holy Royal Arch Degree 
and to address the assembly at the banquet table. It was a most 
enjoyable evening and I thank the Officers and Companions of 
Occident Chapter for their generous kindness to me. 

Also, as seen from my list of visits, I was a guest at the Grand 
Lodge, A.F. and A.M.; at the Grand Council, Royal and Select 
Masters, Cryptic Rite; and at the Annual Assembly of the Grand 
Imperial Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. On each occasion I 
was accorded all honours; received many kindnesses; and every 
courtesy extended to me. 

This year, I again was honoured in having the privilege of 
presenting the Distinguished Service Medal to a worthy Companion. 
As I have said before this is the outstanding award of Grand Chap- 
ter (our Victoria Cross) and it is never given indiscriminately, but 
only after a careful study of all phases of the recipient's record out- 
lining his worthiness for this Medal. 

The recipient of this award was:— 

Companion John H. Franks, Kitchener Chapter, 
No. 117, Kitchener, Ontario. 

I again congratulate this worthy Companion. 


. An important event as the celebration of a Seventy-fifth An- 
niversary should be shown under its proper heading in this report, 
even though mention has been made already. The Chapter in 
question is, 

Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor, Ontario. 

Such an occasion is only reached through Faith; Faith in God; 
Faith in each other; and Faith in Masonry; thus laying firm foun- 
dations on which the structure was built rightly and solidly. I again 
wish the Companions of Ark Chapter— well! 


Before I go into this subject, I feel it necessary to digress 
for a few moments, (although this actually has nothing to do with 
Grand Chapter matters), as I cannot resist mentioning the incident 
in question. 

While out at Banff I was greatly privileged in being permitted 

to .it tend the Sunrise Service undci the auspices of the Sovereign 

Great Priory. We proceeded to a place called "Devil's Cauldron"— 
a green sward and small lake surrounded by towering mountains 
on which were thousands on thousands of tall trees growing up the 
tremendously steep sides, and as the sun rose over the mountain 
tops and through the trees we sang the hymn "Unto the hills 
around do I lift up my longing eyes." My Companions, one has to 
be in such a setting to realize and appreciate the meaning of those 
words. To me they presented, first— the wonder and greatness of 
God in His Universe; secondly,— the tremendous power and might 
of God in creating this world; and thirdly,— the outstanding love of 
God in making man in His own image and giving him dominion 
over all the World; and in such a setting one caught the great 
beauty of God in His Universe and it brought home the heart rend- 
ing disappointment to God because of the spoiling by man, of His 
great Work. Truly God's love is beyond man's understanding. May 
I end this little dissertation by quoting the words of a Hymn which 
fit the scene I have tried to outline to your minds; 

God reveals His presence- 
Let us now adore Him, 
And with awe appear before Him 
God is in His Temple- 
All within keep silence, 
Prostrate lie with deepest reverence. 

Him alone 

God we own, 
Him our God and Saviour; 
Praise His name forever. 

This Sixth Canadian Conference was held in Banff, Alberta, on 
August 26th and 27th, 1952, and the following representatives were 
present and most of them gave papers. 

Comp. Dr. Perry Cochrane, Nova Scotia, Chairman 
Comp. Frank Mayer, Grand Chapter, Alberta 
Comp. Herb Pickering, Grand Chapter, Quebec 
Comp. Alf. Pert, Grand Chapter, Alberta 
Comp. J. V. Follett, Grand Chapter, Alberta 
Comp. Don Adams, Grand Chapter, British Columbia 
Comp. Lome Johnson, Grand Chapter, Saskatchewan 
Comp. R. V. Harris, Grand Chapter, Nova Scotia 
Comp. A. L. Williams, Grand Chapter, Alberta 
Comp. H. Bentley, Grand Chapter, Alberta 
Comp. J. L. Innes, Grand Chapter, Alberta. 
Comp. Alex. Bradshaw, Grand Chapter, Canada 


Comp. Alex. B. L. Steves, Grand Chapter, New Brunswick 

Comp. C. M. Pitts, Grand Chapter, Canada 

Comp. J. B. Phillip, Grand Chapter, Alberta 

Comp. A. A. Wilson, Grand Chapter, Saskatchewan, Sec-Treasurer 

Comp. G. E. French, Grand Chapter, Canada 

Comp. Hairy Martyn, Grand Chapter, Canada 

Comp. J. F. Irwin, Grand Chapter, Manitoba 

Comp. J. F. Hughes, Grand Chapter, Manitoba 

Comp. H. M. E. De Roche, Grand Chapter, Saskatchewan 

The first paper was written by M.E. Companion Fred W. Dean 
of this Grand Chapter and was read by M.E. Companion Clarence 
MacL. Pitts. This was an exceedingly fine paper, well received, and 
congratulations extended to this distinguished companion. It 
dealt with what a craft mason should be told to inspire a desire for 
entry into the Capitular Degrees, believing that, as they contain 
no abstruse philosophy or unintelligible doctrines, but contain 
simple truth easily understandable and helpful to life, our degrees 
have a particular appeal to the Craft Mason. M.E. Companion 
Dean points out that the Mark Master Mason degree teaches the im- 
portant lessons in regard to honesty of purpose and performance of 
actions which lay the foundation stones for character building de- 
veloped in the next degrees. In the Most Excellent degree it is 
shown that the conferring of such honourable appellation is only 
obtained through diligence and industry, progressing towards per- 
fection, and in the Holy Royal Arch Degree it is pointed out that 
the Most Excellent Master is brought from darkness into light, and 
that the beginning and end of all masonry is God; and that our 
whole teaching is to lead man to so live his material life that he 
attains that glory which shall never fade away. 

The next paper was given by Most Excellent Companion P. S. 
Cochrane of Nova Scotia on the so-called Nova Scotia Plan of 
increasing interest in Capitular Masonry. He felt causes for decline 
were as follows:— 

( 1) Officers do not feel it necessary to be proficient in their work with 

too frequent use of rituals. 
( 2) Poor work is not fair to candidates. 
( 3) Not enough sociability. 
( 4) Rivalry of other Rites. 

( 5) Work not conducted with dignity and progressiveness. 
( 6) Beauties of R.A. Masonry not properly portrayed. 
( 7) Uninteresting routine. 

( 8) Any instruction given has been of secondary importance. 
( 9) Little or no effort made to get new candidates or to encourage regular 



(10) Link with lodges not maintained. 

(11) Too little publicity given 

(12) Neglect to celebrate anniversaries and other important events. 

(13) Neglect to make use of G. Lecturer. 

and showed that to overcome some of the above they started a 
Capitular Advance to extend over four or five years, which included 
the putting up of a cup for competition, based on a point system 
for exaltations, recovery of lost member, proficiency of work, per- 
centage of increase, visits to other chapters, average attendance, 
social activities, and Royal Arch educational lectures. Most Excel- 
lent Companion Perry Cochrane then elucidated the manner of 
carrying out this programme. 

The third paper was one on Financial Stability of Royal Arch 
Chapters presented by Most Excellent Companion J. Follett of 
Calgary, Alberta. He points out the three sources of income to 
be Interest on Investments, Annual Dues, Exaltations, Affiliations 
and Life Membership Fees, stating that dues should be adequate 
for ordinary expenditure, and points out that each Chapter should 
strive for a nest egg to be mainly attained from Exaltation Fees. 
An interesting fact quoted from the Report on Condition of Capi- 
tular Masonry in Alberta during 1951 shows that seventeen chapters 
adopting the minimum fee of $35.00 exalted 86 members during 
the year, an average of five per chapter; three chapters with a $40.00 
fee admitted 24, an average of eight; while nine chapters with a 
$50.00 fee admitted 100 members, an average of eleven per chapter. 
He showed that the doors of entrance to a Chapter are Exaltation, 
Affiliation and Restoration, and the doors of Exit as Death, Demit 
and Suspension, and that everything should be done to plug the last 
two— Demit and Suspension— and that Life Membership is a good 
way to help. The covering of masonic property with insurance is 
also stressed. 

Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacL. Pitts then read a 
paper on Grand Superintendents' Duties and Method of their 

This was a most exhaustive paper covering every phase of this 
Grand Chapter's method of procedure which I do not propose to 
elaborate on here, but some of the representatives spoke briefly as 
to their methods, but for thoroughness I think this Grand Chapter 
is first. Most Excellent Companion Pitts was thanked for an 
excellent paper. 


Most Excellent Companion R. V. Harris, of Nova Scotia, then 
gave a paper on "Retrieving and Maintaining Interest of Royal 
Arch Masons." This distinguished Companion feels that every 
companion should have something to do (no matter how humble) 
to advance our cause. He further believes that to arouse and keep 
a new Companion's interest— a programme of masonic education 
running through the year should pertain; also a question and 
answer period of five or ten minutes at every meeting. Questions 
asked at one meeting to be considered and answered at the next 
meeting. A study of every companion's qualifications, aptitudes 
and wishes, so that he may be assigned the work he desires or for 
which he is best qualified. A list is then given of Committees and 

This distinguished Most Excellent Companion from Nova 
Scotia continued with a paper on "Who was Zerrubabel." In this 
paper much historical data was outlined. The rise and fall of 
Babylon; the destruction of Jerusalem; the Prophecy of Jeremiah; 
the growth of the power of Cyrus, King of Persia; and the Prophecy 
of Isaiah. He points out that Zerrubabel was a Prince of the Jewish 
People; a grandson of Jehoichim, King of Judah. Salathiel, or 
Shealtiel, was son of Jehoichim and father of Zerrubabel. Zerru- 
babel means "Stranger in Babylon." Zerrubabel had a Babylonian 
name— Sheshbazzar or Sazbatzar— meaning fire worshipper. He 
was appointed Governor of his people. Most Excellent Companion 
Harris speaks of the difficulties of rebuilding the temple by the 
attacks of enemies; of the decree of Cambyses; of Zerrubabel's jour- 
ney to Babylon to implore the protection of Darius, King of Persia 
and of his success in that venture. He states that Zerrubabel was 
the type of leader needed today— a man with strength of character, 
courageous, fearless, indomitable, and a divine mission. This, also, 
was a most exhaustive historical preparation. 

Most Excellent Companion Lome Johnson then read a paper 
on "The Relation of the Chapter to the Community". He points 
out that any organization which does not contribute and continue 
to contribute to the welfare of the Community is unworthy of furth- 
er existence. Such Institution "shall be as the morning clouds and 
as the early dew that passes away, as the chaff that is driven with 
the whirlwind out of the floor, and as smoke out of the chimney." 
Usefulness and good citizenship are attributes belonging to those 
who have abiding faith in the eternal verities. He further shows 


through scripture! by the ten commandments and by certain parts of 
our Holy Royal Arch, all beautifully worded, that it behooves Royal 
Arch Masons to make the acts of their lives conform to the pro- 
Cession of their Lips; to give searching scrutiny to men and issues; 
to rededicate and consecrate themselves and all that they have and 
hold to the perpetuity of a system of government and an ideology 
of human relations wherein the Jehovah God hold sway. The high 
moral tone of this and other papers greatly impressed this 

The next paper was given by your present Grand First Principal 
on the Six Lights of the Holy Royal Arch Degree. He attempted 
to show light as opposed to darkness, pointing out The Sacred Word 
as our Great Light— that we preach Truth and Wisdom— further 
lights. That the essence of Freemasonry is God— the Eternal Light, 
the Light of Life; the Source of Light. He further stated that the 
three greater lights represented Father, Word, Spirit; that the three 
lesser lights represented man-body, soul and spirit, ending with the 
statement that our six lights keep before us: — 

1. That God is our Great and Eternal Light. 

2. His Word— our guiding light. 

3. His Spirit— our sustained light. 

4. That man is of God— his brightest light. 

5. That man's soul must be in tune with God to receive light. 

6. That man's spirit is God's light within each one. 

The next subject was given by Most Excellent Companion Har- 
old Bentley of Alberta, viz, "Putting the Membership to Work". It 
was pointed out that "work" in a Capitular sense was to take an 
interest in and a desire to further the usefulness of the Order. He 
feels that the Chapter is the Clearing House for most endeavours, 
but suggests the spiritual effort, which necessarily manifests itself 
in material deeds, is where the members find a personal interest in 
themselves, all bearing on the fact that opportunity might go un- 
noticed had it not been for membership enjoyed in Royal Arch 
Masonry. It was further suggested that the Order would be more 
efficient and stable if a little work is done by many rather than a 
great deal by a few, and so create within themselves a worthwhile 
motivation for their Chapter's existence, and be endowed with the 
respect of their communities. 


On the second day of the Conference the spotlight was taken 
by our own Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacL. Pitts. First 
he presented a paper on the Canadian Masonic Research Association, 
he being the Canadian Grand Chapter's representative to that body. 
In this report Companion Pitts pays great tribute to Most Excellent 
Companion R. V. Harris who is the Secretary of such Association 
and to which he is rendering such splendid service. Papers were 
given there on the Origins of the Scottish Rite, and also papers at 
the Sixth meeting on the Masonic Lodge in the 78th Regiment 
and "The Knights of St. John in America"; besides stating further 
interesting papers to be given at the seventh meeting, and urges that 
many Royal Arch Companions attend and that whole hearted sup- 
port be given to this Association. 

Then Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacL. Pitts gave a 
most exhaustive detailed paper on "The History of the Royal Arch 
Ritual." To attempt to abbreviate this detailed paper would serve 
no good purpose, because any touching here and there on this 
Companion's splendid paper could not be productive of the in- 
telligence it deserves. Near the end of the paper Most Excellent 
Companion Pitts quotes, as follows:— "The Degree of Royal Arch, 
as practised under English Rite" says W. Renfern Kelly in an elo- 
quent passage in his paper, contains: "The quintessence of orthodox 
Masonic philosophy. Its symbolism is of a most exalted and sub- 
lime type, and it's beautiful ritual is expressive of the highest 
ideals associated with the intimate search for and the ultimate dis- 
covery of the Divine Light and Truth. Without the Royal Arch 
Degree, the several Degrees which proceed it would be incomplete 
and inconsistent." 

The report of the Resolution Committee was read and, among 
other matters, suggested future topics for discussion, and voted that 
Most Excellent Companion A. Roy Brynell of British Columbia 
be President and our own Grand Scribe E., Right Excellent Com- 
panion Fred J. Johnson be Permanent Secretary-Treasurer, and that 
Right Excellent Companion J. A. M. Taylor be one of the Execu- 
tive. A Programme Committee was also appointed and your speaker 
was made a member of same. 

The consensus of opinion in closing this Annual Conference 
was that the papers were full of interesting and instructive infor- 
mation and the whole moral tone was of the highest. 

ANNUAL CONVO* \ I ion. TORONTO, 1959 41 


It was my distinct pleasure to issue Commissions, at the request 
of their (.rand First Principal or Grand High Priest, to the follow- 
ing distinguished Companions, nominated to be our Grand Repre- 
sentatives, near their respective Grand Chapters, viz: 

Most Excellent Companion James A. C.orham — Ohio. 

Right Excellent Companion Garland E. Thomas — Illinois. 

Very Excellent Companion Dr. Ecslie T. Jobbins — Queensland, Australia 

Excellent Companion Alton A. Mcknight — Louisiana. 

Companion Joseph Hansen — South Dakota. 

Companion Clarence A. Olsen — Minnesota 

For Grand Representatives near our Grand Chapter, I recom- 
mended to the Grand Chapters concerned the following distinguish- 
ed Companions, and Commissions have been received confirming 
their appointments, viz: 

Right Excellent Companion G. Harold Shannon — New Jersey 

Right Excellent Companion Joseph Penman — North Carolina 

Right Excellent Companion James E. Girvin — Saskachewan 

Right Excellent Companion Fred J. Johnson — New South Wales, Australia. 

Representatives are appointed to keep our various Grand Chap- 
ters in touch with each other by visits or correspondence, strengthen 
our bond of friendship; further the interests of each Grand Juris- 
diction, and use every endeavour to create, if possible, an even hap- 
pier and firmer relationship. 


This year again, I am pleased to report, there has been a net 
increase slightly larger than last year, viz: 336. Our total member- 
ship at December, 1952, was 21,294. The hand of death was again 
heavy, although not so much as last year. 463 of our Companions 
passed from our midst. Our Life Membership has fallen to 3,587 
from 3,714 last year. Withdrawals are higher than last year and 
suspensions show an increase. This is to be deplored. However 
the overall picture is brighter with a slightly increased net gain. 

The followng tables present the Membership Statistics: 


Life A 







31 Mem. 

Increase Mem. 















































































of year 

Ending Increase- Decrease Inc. centage 


1952 Per 

15 986 

20 860 

5 552 

37 3.663 

11 1.088 

27 2.719 

23 2.536 


43 2.160 

20 2.594 

24 1.637 

14 1.237 

12 909 

71 4.055 


22 2.965 

19 4.073 

14 11.570 

20958 21294 377 41 1.578 










































Inc. - Dec. 












































Chapters having 10 per cent or more net Gain 10 

Chapters having Gains in Membership 97 

Chapters having Loss in Membership 44 

Chapters having no Change in Membership 15 

Chapters Having Most Exaltations 


Location Exaltations 

... Ottawa 40 

Toronto 29 

Toronto 28 

Chapter No. 

Carleton 16 

Mount Sinai 212 

Occident 77 

Ottawa 222 Ottawa 22 

King Solomon 8 Toronto 21 

Cobalt 203 Cobalt 18 

Mount Moriah 19 St. Catharines 17 

Guelph 40 Guelph 17 

Ark 80 Windsor 17 

Beaver 74 Strathroy 15 

Covenant 113 Cornwall 15 

The St. Clair 231 Toronto 15 

St. Andrew and St. John 4 Toronto 14 

St. Francis 133 Smiths Falls 13 


Chapters Having No Exaltations 

Pembroke 58 Mattawa (Inactive) 

Atwood 149 Rainy River 

Klondike 154 ... Dawson, Y.T. 

Kitchener 210 Russell 

Ulster 219 Toronto 

University 241 Toronto 

McKay 243 Stoncy Creek 

Dochert 248 Arnprior 

Our Largest Chapters 

Chapter No. Location Members 

Carleton 16 Ottawa 506 

St. Patrick 145 Toronto 404 

St. Georges . 5 London 365 

Occident 77 Toronto 365 

Snssex-St. Lawrence 59 Brockville 361 

Ark 80 Windsor 347 

Palestine 54 St Thomas 344 

Ancient Frontenac 

and Cataraqui 1 Kingston 334 

Corinthian 36 Peterborough 326 

Shuniah 83 Port Arthur 301 

Our Smallest Chapters Under 50 Companions 

Chapter No Location Members 

Smithville 240 Smithville 49 

Blenheim 239 Blenheim 49 

Dochert 248 Arnprior 49 

Abitibi 223 Iroquois Falls 47 

Glengarry 143 Maxville 46 

Atwood 149 Rainy River 44 

Durham 221 Durham 44 

Espanloa U.D. Espanola 26 

Pembroke (Inactive) 58 Mattawa 20 

Chapters Showing Largest Percentage Net Gain 

Chapter No. Location Members 

Espanola U.D. Espanola 100% 

Yukon 256 Whitehorse 35.9% 

Beaver 74 Strathroy 19.5% 

Cobalt 203 Cobalt 19.2% 

Nilestown 247 Nilestown 15.0% 

Tillsonburg 255 Tillsonburg 14.8% 

Mount Sinai 212 Toronto 11.8% 

Thomas Peters 250 Windsor 11.7% 

Lucknow 148 Lucknow 10.9% 

Halton 234 Georgetown 10.1% 



One Hundred and Thirty-four (134) Dispensations were issued 
as follows: 

To attend Divine Service 17 

To change day or hour of opening 46 

To advancement of Officers as required by Constitution 22 

To permit the Installation of Officers on a day not prescribed 

in By-laws 3 

To dispense with Convocations in summer months 1 

To meet in another Hall 2 

To permit Social Functions 34 

To waiver of Jurisdiction 4 

To permit working of all Degrees in one day 4 

To confer on shorter notice than 7 days 1 

Approved the interchange of Twelve Chapters in our Juris- 
diction with Chapters outside our Jurisdiction. In most cases a 
Degree was exemplified. 


It was unnecessary to give any rulings this year, but I wish to 
speak on one or two matters. 

First. Great care should be taken that applications for Ex- 
altation must be from Master Masons and Master Masons only, 
and in this respect the onus for seeing applications are correct in 
every particular must lie on the shoulders of the Excellent First 
Principal of each Chapter, and in a measure on the individual 
Scribe E's. An applicant must be a duly raised Brother before he 
can sign an application for Capitular Degrees. There must be no 
more "slip-ups." 

Secondly. This is particularly for Grand Superintendents and 
Excellent First Principals. Attention must be given to Sections 11 
and 12 of the Constitution. It should be distinctly understood that 
Present and Past Grand Council Officers take precedence over 
Grand Superintendents. Naturally, it is and would be considered 
bad form for any of these Grand Council Officers to be present on 
an Official Inspection night of a Grand Superintendent but on 
other occasions when Present and Past Grand Council Offcers are 
in attendance at any Chapter, and the Excellent First Principal of 
such Chapter desires to pay honour by handing over his sceptre, 
he must give it to the Senior ranking Grand Chapter Officer at all 
times. Of course, these remarks are not pertinent to the Grand 
First Principal who rules on all occasions. 



New By-Laws Approved: 

St. John's. No. S, London, Ontario 
Signet, Chapter No. 54, Barxie, Ontario. 

St. Patrick, Chapter No. 145, Toronto, Ontario 
Kichikewana, Chapter No. 1 ( i 7 , Midland, Ontario 
Mount Sinai, Chapter No. 212, Toronto, Ontario. 
Ulster. Chapter No. 219, Toronto. Ontario 
The St. Andrew's Chapter No. 238, London, Ontario 
University, Chapter No. 211, Toronto, Ontario 
Humber, Chapter No. 246, Weston, Ontario. 
Palestine, Chapter No. 249, Bowmanville, Ontario 
Tillsonburg, Chapter No. 255, Tillsonburg, Ontario. 

Amendments to By-Laws Approved: 

The Hiram, Chapter No. 2, Hamilton, Ontario. 
St. John's, Chapter No. 6, Hamilton, Ontario. 
Oxford, Chapter No. 18, Woodstock, Ontario. 
Prince Edward, Chapter No. 31, Picton, Ontario. 
Corinthian, Chapter No. 36, Peterborough, Ontario. 
Guelph, Chapter No 40, Guelph, Ontario. , 

Ionic, Chapter No. 83, Orangeville, Ontario. 
Toronto-Antiquity, Chapter No. 91, Toronto, Ontario. 
Tuscan, Chapter No. 95, Sudbury, Ontario. 
King Cyrus, Chapter No. 119, Leamington, Ontario. 
Succoth, Chapter No 135, Uxbridge, Ontario. 
Temiskaming, Chapter No. 169, New Liskeard, Ontario. 
St. Albans, Chapter No. 217, Toronto, Ontario. 
Durham, Chapter No. 221, Durham, Ontario. 
King Cyrus, Chapter No. 231, Toronto, Ontario. 
Halton, Chapter No. 234, Georgetown, Ontario. 
Aurora, Chapter No. 235, Aurora, Ontario. 
Golden Star, Chapter No. 254, Dryden, Ontario 


The following is the list of Jewels and Medals and to whom they were 

For Fifty Years Installed First Principal: 


Guelph Chapter, No 40— Guelph, Ontario — Ex. Comp. Charles Law— 

Granite Chapter, No. 61— Almonte, Ontario— Ex. Comp. William C. Pollick 


For Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason: 

The Hiram Chapter, No. 2— Hamilton, Ontario— Comp. Arthur O. Griffiths 

-1902-1953; Comp. Jacob Rosenstadt-1902-1953. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 3— London, Ontario— Comps. John Cronklaw, R. 

E. Davis, F. B. Gidley, A. H. Parsons, Dr. A. R. Routledge and C. R. 

Wills-all 1903-1953. 
The St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4— Toronto, Ontario— Comp. 


John Webber Payne-1901-1952. 
St. George's Chapter, No. 5— London, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Robert W. 

Shaw- 1902- 1952. 
Wawanosfa Chapter, No. 15— Sarnia, Ontario— Ex. Comp. W. H. Hunt— 

1895-1952; Ex. Comp. Thomas Montgomery 1902-1952. 
Oxford Chapter, No. 18— Woodstock, Ontario— Comp. George H. Scott— 

Manton Chapter, No. 27— Collingwood, Ontario— Comp. C. G. K. Nourse 

lYntalpha Chapter, No. 28— Oshawa, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. J. J. Babe— 

Signet Chapter, No. 34— Barrie, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. John M. H. Mc- 

Guire-1902-1953; Comp. Clifford Carley-1902-1953. 
Corinthian Chapter, No. 36— Peterborough, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Wm. J. 

Pembroke Chapter, No. 58— Mattawa, Ontario— Comp. E. J. Brien, 

Shuniah Chapter, No. 82 and Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Ontario— 

R. Ex. Comp. J. T. Hollingshead-1897-1952; R. Ex. Comp. George 

A. Grant-1902-1952. 
Palestine Chapter, No. 54 and Sombra Chapter, No. 153— Ex. Comp. 

George Ed. Norman- 1902- 1952. 

Distinguished Service Medals: 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 117— Kitchener, Ontario— Comp. John H. Franks. 

For 25 Years Installed First Principal: 

The Huron Chapter, No. 2— Hamilton, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Alfred Crain 

St. John's Chapter, No. 3— London, Ontario— Ex. Comp. W. E. Cane— 

1926-1953; R. Ex. Comp. S. McCoy-1925-1953. 
St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4— Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. 

Gordon G. Sheppard-1926-1952. 
St. George's Chapter, No. 5— London, Ontario— Ex. Comp. W. K. Parkin- 

St. John's Chapter, No. 6— Hamilton, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. L. A. 

Shaver-1925-1952; Ex. Comps. J. A. Spittle-1926-1952; Ex. Comp. 

G. W. Britton-1927-1952. 
The Moira Chapter, No. 7— Belleville, Ontario-R. Ex. Comp. H. E. Mc- 

Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15— Sarnia, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Hunt— 

Carleton Chapter, No. 16— Ottawa, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Hugh A. 

Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20-Brantford, Ontario-R. Ex. Comp. E. E. 

Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24— Stratford, Ontario— Ex. Comp. David David- 

St. Marks Chapter, No. 26— Trenton, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. C. Kinnear 

Manitou Chapter, No. 27— Collingwood, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. W. P. 

Waterloo Chapter, No. 32— Gait, Ontario-Ex. Comp. J. B. Biggar— 1926- 

1952; R. Ex. Comp. A. Grant Malcolm-1927-1952. 
Signet Chapter, No. 34— Barrie, Ontario— Ex. Comp. R. W. Stewart— 



Corinthian Chapter, No. S6— Peterborough, Ontario— Ex. Comp. C. L. 
Brewer— 1926-1952. 

Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44— Napanee, Ontaiio— Ex. Comp. G. W. Cup- 

Bruce Chapter, No. 58— Pctrolia, Ontario— Ex. Comp. F. W. Scarsbrook— 

L 925-1953. 
Palestine Chapter, No. 54— St. Thomas, Ontario— Ex. Comp. H. A. Vicary 

-1925-1952; Ex. Comp. W. C. Miller-1928-1953. 
Georgian Chapter, No. 56— Owen Sound, Ontario— Ex. Comp. N. H. Wilson 

-1924-1952; Ex. Comp. R. J. Archer-1925-1952; Ex. Comp. E. J. Sinil 

Sussex-St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 59— Brockville, Ontario— Ex. Comp. R. 

H. Sheridan-1924-1953;; Ex. Comp. H. A. Hanson-1925-1953; Ex. 

Comp. H. B. Smith-1927-1953. 
Havelock Chapter, No. 63— Kincardine, Ontario— Ex. Comp. S. Mackenzie 

Erie Chapter, No. 73— Ridgetown, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Ben Smith— 

St. Clair Chapter, No. 75— Milton, Ontaiio— Ex. Comp. James E. Bell— 

Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76— Niagara Falls, Ontario— Ex. Comp. S. J. 

Occident Chapter, No. 77— Toronto, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Murchin- 

son-1927-1952; Ex. Comp. J. A. Graveley-1928-1953 . 
Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78— Park Hill, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. George 

Orient Chapter, No. 79— Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. George W. Wood 

-1925-1952; V. Ex. Comp. Alf. H. Jones-1926-1952. 
Shuniah Chapter, No. 82— Port Arthur, Ontario— Ex. Comp. H. Lovelady— 

Golden Chapter, No. 90— Kenora, Ontario— Ex. Comp. John Allan— 

Toronto-Antiquity Chapter, No. 91— Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Sam 

Manuel-1927-1952; Ex. Comp. J. J. Herb-1927-1953. 
Algonquin Chapter, No. 102— Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario— Ex. Comp. A. H. 

Clark-1925-1952; R. Ex. Comp. L. E. Edmunds-1926-1952. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 103— North Bay, Ontario-R. Ex. Comp. F. C. J. 

Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114— Renfrew, Ontario— Ex. Comp. G. D'E Stone 

Brant Chapter, No. 115— Paris, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Bert Stubbs— 

1925-1952; Ex. Comp. J. B. Appleby-1926-1952; R. Ex. Comp. W. 

W. Tough-1927-1953. 
Maple Chapter, No. 116— Carleton Place, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. H. E. 

Sinclair-1925-1953; Ex. Comp. F. C. McDiarmid-1926-1953; R. Ex. 

Comp. H. E. Menzies-1927-1953. 
King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119— Leamington, Ontario— Ex. Comp. E. J. 

Chantry Chapter, No. 130— Southampton, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Allan 

Leeds Chapter, No. 132— Gananoque, Ontario— Ex. Comp. R. E. Lewis— 

St. Francis Chapter, No. 133— Smiths Falls, Ontario— Ex. Comp. C. M. 

Succoth Chapter, No. 135— Uxbridge, Ontario— Ex. Comp. M. E. Rodman— 

1921-1953; Ex. Comp. H. J. Cane-1928-1953. 


Shekinah Chapter, No. 138— Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. George W. 

Hndall-l 927- 1953. 
Laurentian Chapter, No. 151— Pembroke, Ontario— Ex. Comp. A. M. 

Acheson— 1920-1952; Ex. Comp. J. D. L. Leith-1921-1952; Ex. Comp. 

A. |. Millar-1 923- 1952; R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Bailey- 1924 -1952; Ex. 

Comp. L. H. Logan-1926-1952; V. Ex. Comp. C. W. Fraser-1927-1952. 
Alberton Chapter, No. 152— Fort Frances, Ontario— Ex. Comp. H. Holbeck 


Ancaster Chapter, No. 155— Ancaster, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Roy E. Brown 

-1924-1952; Ex. Comp. W. Frank Patterson-1 925- 1952; Ex. Comp. 

Robert Johnston- 1926- 1952. 
The Beaches Chapter, No. 163— Toronto, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. George 

E. Dodds- 1926- 1952. 
Lome Chapter, No. 164— West Lome, Ontario— Ex. Comp. H. J. Turner 

Ionic Chapter, No. 168— Campbcllford, Ontario— Ex. Comp. R. J. Allan— 

1923-1952; Ex. Comp. P. C. Denyes-1924-1952; Ex. Comp. E. G. 

Hamilton Chapter, No. 175— Hamilton, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Fields 

Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184— Fort Erie, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. J. 

H. Simpson-1928-1953. 
Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212— Toronto, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Harry 

Lebanon Chapter, No. 220— Lambton Mills, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Ed. 

J. Hutchins-1 925- 1952. 
Ottawa Chapter, No. 222-Ottawa, Ontario, V. Ex. Comp. S. D. Hill— 

Keystone Chapter, No. 224— Hamilton, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. J. S. Drys- 

' dale-1927-1952. 
Beaver Chapter, No. 225— Toronto, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. J. Alcorn— 

Smithville Chapter, No. 240— Smithville, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. J. H. 

Patterson-1925-1952; R. Ex. Comp. Frank Hays-1926-1952. 
McKay Chapter, No. 243— Stoney Creek, Ontario— Ex. Comp. J. P. Parker 

-1926-1952; R. Ex. Comp. Lome F. MacDougall-1927-1952. 
Humber Chapter, No. 246— Weston, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. S. J. Totten— 

Nilestown Chapter, No. 247— Nilestown, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. G. H. 

Dochert Chapter, No. 248— Arnprior, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. A. S. McLean 

I most sincerely congratulate all Companions who were the recipients 
of Jewels and Medals, with the wish they will be spared many years to enjoy 
the wearing of these distinctive badges of honour. 


The full report on the state of our financies will be given in 
the report of our Grand Treasurer, but I am given to understand 
they are in a satisfactory condition. 

I do wish that our Victory Benevolent Fund should be brought 
to the attention of all our newly exalted Companions, pointing out 

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its necessity, it's benefits, and so give such new Companions an 
opportunity to subscribe if they so desire. They will never do so 
unless the Chapter (which should be concerned with this Fund) 
forcibly brings it to the attention and generosity of their newly 
exalted Companions. 


Our investments will be outlined in the Report of the Invest- 
ment Committee. 


Once more the work of the Royal Arch Welfare Committee of 
Toronto continues to carry out in practice that portion of our First 
Constitutional Charge wherein our duty to our neighbour is stated 
as "to soothe his afflictions and relieve his necessities." 

The Committee still carries out it's pleasurable duty in trans- 
porting over seven hundred mothers and children to the Camp 
at Bronte; in giving comforts and cheer to veterans of World wars; 
and to generally enhancing Masonic principles to their highest 
spiritual intent. 

The Committee's visitations to our unfortunate Companions 
who were inmates of various hospitals was one of the kindly acts 
of this organization. I most sincerely congratulate and commend 
the members of the Welfare Committee. 


This year, as in previous years, the Grand Superintendents 
have performed their duty in an efficient and conscientious man- 
ner and I am sure each one has enjoyed his tour of duty in this 
important position; they are Companions placed in a key position 
and on them depends, to a great extent, the success of the Capitular 
Rite in their respective Districts. I congratulate them on a duty 
"well done." 


This report would be incomplete unless I most gratefully thank 
the Companions of the following Chapters who saw fit to confer 
on me Honorary Membership, viz: — 

St. John's Chapter, No. 3— London, Ontario. 
St. George's Chapter, No. 5— London, Ontario. 


Carleton Chapter, No. 16— Ottawa, Ontario. 
Oxford Chapter, No. 18— Woodstock, Ontario. 
Ark Chapter, No. 80— Windsor, Ontario. 
Aytmer Chapter, No. 81— Aylmer, Ontario. 
White Oak Chapter, No. 104— Oakville, Ontario. 
The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145— Toronto, Ontario. 
Sombra Chapter, No. 153— Wallaceburg, Ontario. 
The St. Andrew Chapter, No. 238— London, Ontario. 

One cannot help being thrilled and grateful for this evidence of 
graciousness to their Grand First Principal in considering him 
worthy of being enrolled as one of their number. Thank you, my 
Companions, most sincerely. 

Under the heading of "Honours," in view of the hardworking 
and efficient services rendered this Grand Chapter, I have much 
pleasure in recommending that Right Excellent Companion Robert 
Clark of Hamilton, who has been on our Grand Executive Com- 
mittee for many years, and for the last few years Chairman of the 
Committee on Fraternal Dead, be made an Honorary Member 
of our Grand Executive, vide Section 65 (1) of the Constitution. 


Right Excellent Companion H. T. C. Humphries, Grand 
Superintendent of Ottawa District, No. 13, is endeavouring to 
straighten out the affairs of Kitchener Chapter, No. 210 at Russell 
Ontario; by trying (perhaps has succeeded) to arrange a meeting 
to restore this Chapter to activity again. 


A very interesting and outstanding event took place in the 
Masonic Temple, Anchorage, Alaska, the evening of October 17th, 
1952, when Most Excellent Companions Frank E. Simmons of 
Winnipeg, Joseph V. Follett of Calgary; and Walter H. Steffey 
of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., representatives of the Most Excellent 
General Grand High Priest Robert F. Janes, in a most impressive 
ceremony, consecrated the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Alaska, and installed it's officers. Our Grand Chapter, naturally, 
wrote and felicitated this Grand Chapter wishing it every success 
and our letter was read at this Ceremony, which was attended by 
one hundred and fifty, or more, Royal Arch Masons; and fifty, or 
more, Blue Lodge members and ladies attended the public 


The Grand High Priest of this Grand Chapter of Alaska wrote 
his personal thanks, on behalf of his officers and member! o( such 
Grand Chapter, sending his greetings and hoping that Royal Arch 
Masonry may grow and prosper throughout the world; and that it's 
teachings may be felt, and it's members be strengthened in assisting 
to bring more light, peace, and true happiness into this chaotic 

And now it is vital I bring this address to a close, but I must 
thank most gratefully and sincerely our genial and efficient Grand 
Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson— not only for his very 
loyal support, but for his efficiency in keeping our Grand Chapter 
work, in it's multitudinous phases, up to date and intelligently 
correct. We are certainly to be congratulated in having so capable 
a Companion in this most important office. 

It was unfortunate that Miss Dorothy Colling, the former 
Assistant to our Grand Scribe E., retired two months before the 
Convocation of this Grand Chapter, thereby greatly increasing our 
Grand Scribe E's burden, but we are grateful for the loyal support 
of Miss Colling up to the time of her retirement. Our new Assistant 
Mrs. Edna Dyer is fitting very nicely in to the work, and it is be- 
lieved that, when Mrs. Dyer is fully acquainted with the full routine 
of our Grand Chapter Office, she will be a great asset to our hard 
working Grand Scribe E. 

One cannot conclude without being keenly aware of the en- 
couragement, advice, and guidance accorded your Grand First 
Principal by our Past Grand First Principals and members of Grand 
Council. I am most thankful to each one. 

My further thanks are due to Right Excellent Companions 
A. Cavanagh and Baillie Stothers of St. George's Chapter, No. 5, 
London, and to Companion J. B. Carson of London Chapter, No. 
150, for their kindness in driving me to different Chapters on various 
occasions; particularly are my thanks due to Right Excellent Com- 
panion A. Cavanagh who drove me from London on my visits, some 
being quite a distance, viz., Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Grimsby, 
Sarnia, Seaforth, etc. I am most grateful to this Right Excellent 

Finally, my Companions, although we are progressing in the 
Capitular Rite, both in the condition of our various Chapters and 
in the increase in membership, yet we must not rest on our laurels 


or slacken in our interest. As I mentioned last year, our aim and 
goal should be to secure at least twenty-five per cent (25 c /c) of our 
Craft membership for our Chapter Degrees. Nothing short of this 
should be considered satisfactory. In fact, it is not too much to 
suv that every Craft Mason should be eager and desirous of com- 
pleting his pure ancient masonic knowledge, and we must continue 
to endeavour to imbue all brethren with the necessity of their 
seeking this important addition to their Masonic education. 

Let us then look bravely and boldly to the future, with our eyes 
towards the rising suns of the to-morrows and never backward to 
the setting suns of the yesterdays. Masonry must go forward to 
lighten mankind, and if necessary to be mankind's saviour, and 
as freemasonry has weathered many storms, so I believe it will con- 
tinue to grow and become the one great force to keep this poor old 
World stable. So let us journey on with a faith that is maturely 
sober, looking forward to the future with all its unknown promises, 
believing in Him, our Creator, to keep us secure, that ever our 
life, regardless of Seasons, may always be a fadeless Spring, full, 
at all times, with hope and love. 

Then life being transient, in order to have this so, we must 
accept this challenge,— 

Choose ye this Day whom ye will serve- 
God— or Mammon, 

God waits, has waited long— still waits; 

Each dawn His promise He reiterates. 

And down the long dim corridors of Time 
His word reverberates, 
"Choose ye this Day." 

Companions, we that are here, still have the opportunity of 
making our choice. With the teachings of our Order such choice 
should not be difficult, and yet we are not so perfect in our gener- 
ation that we can afford to ignore this challenge— 

"Chose ye this Day — God or Mammon." 

Pointedly, we are instructed to "Remember our Creator in the 
"days of our youth"— for the days quickly come when we have no 
pleasure in them. Therefore, my Companions, our days being 
numbered— many or few— it behooves us to so live that when our 
summons comes, it may be said of each of us that we "Feared God 
and kept His commandments"— and this is man's whole duty. So 

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let us do our duty unceasingly while life lasts, doing it spiritually, 
manfully, outstandingly. The World must know beyond a doubt 
that a Companion of this Order is always a man who reverences 
God, and loves his fellowman unselfishly. Our lives should be an 
example for all to emulate; else we shall miss putting into practice 
our great teachings. So let us choose "God and not Mammon." 

Therefore, passing through this World but once let me finish 
with these lines,— 

Whate'er thou art, where'er thy footsteps stray, 

Heed these wise words: This, too, shall pass away. 

Oh, jewel sentence from the mine of truth; 

What riches it contains for age or youth. 

No stately epic, measured and sublime, 

So comforts, or so counsels, for all time 

As these few words. Go write them on your heart 

And make them of your daily life a part. 

Art thou in misery, brother? Then I pray 

Be comforted! Thy grief shall pass away. 

Art thou elated? Ah, be not too gay; 

Temper thy joy; this, too, shall pass away. 

Fame, glory, place and power, 

They are but little baubles of the hour. 

Thus, be not o'er proud, 

Nor yet cast down; judge thou aright; 

When skies are clear, expect the cloud; 

In darkness, wait the coming light; 

Whatever be thy fate to-day, 

Remember, even this, shall pass away! 

Respectfully and Fraternally submitted, 

Grand Z. 



Included in my address recommendation was made that R. Ex. 
Comp. Robert Clark be made an Honorary Member of the Execu- 
tive Committee. This was endorsed by the Past Grand Z's in their 
report of my address, and subsequently submitted to Grand 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 

Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved,— That R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark be made an Honorary Member 
of the Executive Committee, carried. 

Re New Chapter Espanola, U.D., Espanola 

Following the reading of the report on Warrants and Dispen- 
sation, it was regularly moved and seconded by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. 
M. Taylor and R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved,— That the Warrant or Chapter of Constitution be granted, carried. 
Registered No 257. 

Further to the message sent to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 
II, the following reply has been received addressed to— 

The Grand First Principal 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Buckingham Palace, 

22nd May, 1953. 
Dear Sir.— 

I am commanded by The Queen to express to you, on behalf 
of herself and of the other members of the Royal Family, her sincere 
thanks for your kind and loyal message which Her Majesty received 
with much pleasure. 

Yours truly, 

(Signed) Edward Ford 



To the Most Excellent tlie Grand Z., Officers and Members of tlie 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 


R. Ex. Coi»p. J. A. Lillie 

In presenting my report as Grand Superintendent of St. Clair 
District No. 1, I look back over a year which has added many fine 
companions to my circle of friends, and in which, I am hopeful 
that my activities may have in some measure enhanced the value 
of Capitular Masonry to the companions in this district. 

My opportunity for this service was presented through the 
kindness of those excellent companions who elected me to my 
office, and to the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal who 
confirmed my election. I am indebted to all, and I trust I have 
merited their confidence. 

An added pleasure was the association with Excellent Com- 
panion Alan B. Cousins, who very efficiently performed the duties 
of Secretary for the year. He was able to be with me on practically 
all my visits, examined the records of the various chapters, and 
secured information for my reports to Grand Chapter. 

My official visits of inspection were: 

Oct. 8— Thomas Peters Chapter, No. 250, Windsor. 

Oct. 9— Wellington Chapter, No. 47, Chatham. 

Oct. 20-Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown. 

Oct. 28-MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden. 

Nov. 3-Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor. 

Nov. 5— Blenheim Chapter, No. 239, Blenheim. 

Nov. 7— Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 71, Amherstburg. 

Nov. 12— King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leamington. 

Nov. 21— Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome. 

Dec. 1— Sombra Chapter, No. 153, Wallaceburg. 

On each occasion I was cordially received as the representative 
of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal. Degrees were 
conferred by all the chapters and in most instances this work was 
efficiently done. 


In addition to these official visits, I had the pleasure of instal- 
ling the newly elected officers of seven chapters. This provided an 
opportunity to give instruction at the first of the term of office, 
which I hope will be of assistance to the officers in their work 
during the year. 

I held a Chapter of instruction in Chatham on June 10th, at 
which six Chapters were represented. Much interest was shown in 
the correct procedure of Chapter work. 

I had the very great pleasure of attending two outstanding 
social functions in this district. The first was on Oct. 2nd when 
Excellent Companion George E. Norman was the recipient of a 
50-year jewel from the Sombra Chapter in Wallaceburg. The 
presentation was made in a happy manner by Most Excellent Com- 
panion A. G. N. Bradshaw who was the guest speaker at this 
banquet. The second occasion was in Windsor on Oct. 3rd, at 
which time Ark Chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary. This was 
attended by companions from many chapters in the district, who 
heard Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw in another 
splendid address. 

I w r ould like to thank all the companions and officers who have 
been so cordial in their friendship and so helpful to me in the 
discharge of my duties as the representative of the Most Excellent 
the Grand First Principal. 


R. Ex. Comp. Joseph C. Wilson 

I have the honour at this time to present my report as Grand 
Superintendent of London District, No. 2. 

First of all I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 
several Chapters in this district for *the honour they have con- 
ferred upon me in electing me Grand Superintendent, also to the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal for confirming my 

My first duty after being elected was to appoint. Ex. Comp. 
Eldon W. Mitchell as my District Secretary. His sincerity and 
devotion in his duties was a great benefit to me, and I wish at 
this time to thank him sincerely for his assistance during the year. 


On June 2, 1952, I had the pleasure of attending the annual 
birthday party of the St. Andrew's Chapter, held at the CobblestOIl 
Inn, and a very enjoyable evening was had by all. 

On Sunday, June 11, 1952, I attended Divine Church Service 
of the St. Andrew Chapter, No. 2.H8, held at Grace United Church. 

On Saturday, Oct. 4, 1952, I had the pleasure of attending the 
joint field day in the Masonic Temple, London, and of having 
the privilege of conferring the Mark Master Mason's Degree, and 
of assisting Most Ex. Comp. the Grand First Principal and other 
Grand Chapter Officers confer the H.R.A. Degree. It was a day 
well spent and of great interest and benefit to all those that 

On Sunday, Oct. 19, 1952, District Divine Service of London 
District, No. 2, was held at King Street United Church. Rev. R. 
A. Connor, B.A., conducted the service. A goodly number of 
chapter masons were present and we had the honor of having Most 
Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw present, who read the lesson of the 

On Nov. 14, 1952, I had the pleasure of attending the annual 
Ladies' Night of St. John Chapter, No. 3. A large attendance of 
companions and their ladies were present and a very much enjoy- 
able evening was had by all. 

On Nov. 24, 1952, I was a guest of Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, 
on the occasion of their 75th anniversary. After a turkey dinner 
served in the Eastern Star Temple we adjourned to the Chapter 
room and had the pleasure of listening to a very splendid address 
by the Most Ex. Comp. the Grand First Principal. 

On Saturday, Nov. 29, 1952, was a guest of Most Ex. Comp. 
the Grand First Principal and London Chapter, No. 150, at a 
dinner at Hotel London, after which we adjourned to the chapter 
room, and witnessed 'the installation of Most Wor. the Grand 
Master, N. C. Hart, as a Past First Principal of that Chapter under 
the direction of the Most Ex. the Grand First Principal, assisted by 
other Grand Chapter Officers. 

On Dec. 4, 1952, attended the annual Ladies Night of the St. 
George's Chapter, No. 5, held at the Palm Grove Restaurant. A 
very enjoyable evening was had by all the companions and their 


On Jan. 13, 1953, I had the pleasure of acting as Instating Z 
at the joint instalation held by the four City Chapters and three 
Rural Chapters held at the Masonic Temple, London, and of instat- 
ing the several officers to their respective chairs. This is one of 
the highlight nights in London District and everyone present 
enjoyed the evening. 

Official Visits of Inspection were as follows: 

Sept. 24— St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London. 

Oct. 2— Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, Aylmer. 

Oct. 10— Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia. 

Oct. 16— Nilestown Chapter, No. 247, Nilestown. 

Oct. 21— London Chapter, No. 150, London. 

Oct. 31— St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London. 

Nov. 3— Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, Sarnia. 

Nov. 4— St. Paul's Chapter, No. 242, Lambeth. 

Nov. 7— Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy. 

Nov. 10— Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Inwood. 

Nov. 13— Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas. 

Nov. 17— Minawawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill. 

Nov 19— Bruce Chapter, No 53, Petrolia 

Nov. 27-The St. Andrew Chapter, No. 238, London. 

On my visits I witnessed all 3 degrees and must compliment 
the Chapters in the District on the splendid work and the interest 
the Companions are showing. 

On all visits I was received and given a cordial welcome as 
the representative of the Grand First Principal. 

The Chapters in the District seem to be showing progress and 
are taking a serious interest in their work. 

The financial standing of the Chapters is improving and steps 
are in progress to raise the dues and help to put them on a better 

In closing, I would like to thank the Companions for their 
splendid support. 


R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Ratz 

First, I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the Officers 
and Companions of Oxford Chapter for the confidence placed in 

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me by being chosen, also to the Principals and Past Principals of 

the District for the high honor conferred on me, by them, in elect- 
ing me to the office of (.rand Superintendent! and to the Most 
Excellent the Grand Z, A. G. N. Bradshaw, for confirming the same. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Gomp. Julius Hibner 
as the District Secretary, and I extend to him my sincere thanks 
for the able manner in which he performed his duties. He accom- 
panied me on all my official and fraternal visits. I would also 
like to express my appreciation to all Past Grand Superintendents 
in the District, and to all who assisted me, during my term of office, 
by their advice and presence on my visits. My inspection visits 
were as follows: 

Oct. 9-Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe. 

Oct. 10— Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll. 

Oct. 20-Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris. 

Nov. 12-Regal Chapter, No. 253, Port Dover. 

Nov. 18— Tillsonburg Chapter, No. 255, Tillsonburg. 

Nov. 20-Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford. 

Nov. 28-Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock. 

All the Chapters are in a very satisfactory condition financially, 
and are continuing to prosper in membership. 

We were most cordially received on all visits, with the dignity 
due the Grand Chapter, and the Most Excellent Grand First Princi- 
pal whom I was representing. The work was done in a very credit- 
able manner by all the Chapters. 

Divine Service for the District was held October 26th at All 
Saints' Church, Woodstock. Rev. E. O. Lancaster delivered an 
impressive sermon. There was a large attendance from various 
points of the District. 

In September, I attended a social evening, held by Oxford 
Chapter, in the form of a weiner roast, at the home of Ex. Comp. 
J. Hibner, District Secretary. The ladies were present and an 
enjoyable evening was spent. I would like to recommend more 
gatherings of this nature as a means of creating more interest and 
fraternal friendship among the Companions. 

I had the pleasure of forming an Installation Team composed 
of Grand Chapter Officers and Past Principals of Oxford and Harris 
Chapters. We had the pleasure of installing the Officers of Harris 


chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll; Tillsonburg Chapter, No. 255, Tillson- 
burg, and Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock. 

In conclusion, I feel I have made many new friends, and for 
my successor I extend every good wish and know he will receive the 
same fellowship and co-operation that has been shown to me. 

I shall ever remember the happy memories of my term of office 
as your representative as Grand Lodge Superintendent. 


R. Ex. Comp. A. W. Gillespie 

I wish, first, to thank the Principals and Past Principals of 
Wellington District, No. 4, for the honour they have conferred on 
Ionic Chapter and myself by electing me to the high office of Grand 
Superintendent; also Most Excellent Companion Alexander George 
Noel Bradshaw, Grand Z., for confirming same. 

My first official act was to appoint Ex. Comp. A. L. Hartmier, 
District Secretary. Ex. Comp. Hartmier accompanied me on all 
my official visits, and I wish to thank him for the valuable assist- 
ance he rendered during the year. 

My inspection visits were arranged and carried out as follows: 

June 19— Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham. 

Sept. 10— Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelbourne. 

Sept. 15-Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait. 

Oct. 3— Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener. 

Oct. 10-Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph. 

Oct. 14— Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston. 

Oct. 17— Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown. 

Oct. 21— Preston Chapter, No. 245, Preston. 

Nov. 14— Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville. 

I was received as the representative of the Grand First Prin- 
cipal in all Chapters. A friendly social hour was spent in the 
banquet hall on each occasion, and I was afforded the privilege 
of speaking on Capitular Masonry. 

Degree work was conferred in each Chapter, and was of high 
calibre. The type of candidates receiving degrees indicates an 
excellent future for Capitular Masonry in the District. 

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During the year twenty-three Royal Arch Masons oJ the District 
were called to the Grand Chaptei Above. 

Wellington District again showed a net increase in the numbei 

of Royal Ait h \I;isoiis, which speaks well lor the condition oi 
Capitular Masonry in the District. 

I wish to congratulate the hard-working Scribe E's of the Dis- 
trict on the efficient manner in which they performed their duties. 

I would like to thank the Grand Scribe E, R. Ex. Comp. Fred 
J. Johnson, and the Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Comp. 
A. G. N. Bradshaw, for their understanding and council during 
my term of office; also R. Ex. Comp. D. A. Cox, my predecessor. 

Most Excellent Companion Noel Bradshaw visited Kitchener 
Chapter, No. 117, on May 16, 1952, when he presented, the Dis- 
tinguished Service Medal to Comp. John H. Franks and invested 
R. Ex. Comp. H. Shannon with regalia of Grand Registrar. 

On May 19, 1952, our District was honoured with the presence 
of the Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Comp. A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, at the regular meeting of Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, 
Gait. At this convocation, the degree of the Holy Royal Arch 
was conferred by present and past Grand Chapter Officers in a 
very efficient manner. At the conclusion of the degree, Most 
Excellent Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw gave an inspiring address. 

I shall always remember my year as Grand Superintendent of 
Wellington District, No. 4, as one of great benefit to myself, and I 
hope that in some small way I have advanced the principles of 
Capitular Masonry in the District. 

In conclusion, I wish to thank all the Companions of the Dis- 
trict for the co-operation and interest they have shown in Royal 
Arch Masonry during my term of office. May this interest be strength- 
ened with each passing year. Finally, I extend to my succeccor 
congratulations, an may he increase in stature and knowledge during 
his term of office as I have. 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch 

In submitting this report on the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in Hamilton District, No. 5, I do so with a feeling of deep 


respect— respect tor those Companions of our District who have 
given so unstintingly of their time and talents in the service ot 
Royal Arch Masonry. I cannot stress too strongly the tine spirit 
of fraternal union and companionship that exists. My sincerest 
appreciation is extended to the Principals, Past Principals and 
Officers of the District, as well as the Companions for their co-oper- 
ation in every phase of the work this year. 

I would especially like to thank Most. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. 
Bradshaw for confirming mv appointment and also for the fine 
leadership he gave to all the Companions in this jurisdiction. His 
office bears a great deal of responsibility and certainly demands 
much in the way of time. He is to be congratulated for the excel- 
lent manner in which he fulfilled the office of Grand First Principal. 

I was most fortunate to have as my District Secretary a man 
with whom I have been closely associated all my Masonic life, he 
having followed me in office all through our Craft Lodge and Royal 
Arch Chapter— Ex. Comp. Leonard S. Hope. His assistance and 
inspiration were invaluable to me, and I take this opportunity of 
expressing my thanks to him for a job exceedingly well done. 

In May, 1952, a meeting of the Principals of District No. 5 was 
held, and the following itinerary of official visits arranged: 

Sept. 26-Hiram No. 2. 
Oct. 6-Keystone, No. 224. 
Oct. 16— St. Clair, No. 75. 
Oct. 21-Hamilton, No. 175. 
Oct. 23-Caledonia, No. 236. 
Nov. 10-McKay, No. 243. 
Nov. 11-White Oak, No. 104. 
Nov. 13— St. John's, No. 6. 
Nov. 18— Ancaster, No. 155. 

On all my official visits I was received most cordially as the 
representative of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal. 
Grand Honours were given, and in every instance the companion- 
ship that prevailed was an inspiration. The degree work was well 
exemplified in an enthusiastic and capable manner. 

During my official visit to McKay Chapter I was privileged to 
present two 25-Year Jewels, one to Rt. Ex. Comp. L. F. McDougall, 
the other to Ex. Comp. Joseph Parker. I understand that the latter 


Companion has since passed to his reward to the Grand Chaptei 
above. I was honoured by being asked to conduct the elections in 
three of our Chapters and had the opportunity of assisting in three 


In each Chapter it was my happy lot to be able to address my 
Companions on the work of the evening as well as on subjects of 
general interest to Capitular Masons. 

A Divine Service was held November 23rd at St. John's United 
Church, Oakville, with the minister, Rev. Harry Pawson, conduct- 
ing the service. Our own Past Grand Chaplain, Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Joseph Stewart, presented an inspirational sermon. The service was 
well attended by the Companions and their ladies. 

While District No. 5, has not, at the time of writing, had a 
visit from Most Excellent Companion Bradshaw, a visit has been 
planned and is being eagerly anticipated. From all indications we 
can expect a large turn-out of Companions. 

Upon reviewing the events of the past year, I feel most enthusi- 
astic as regards the future of Capitular Masonry in District No. 5. 
I would, however, recommend a close scrutiny of the financial 
situation. I feel we should have a general increase in dues. Some 
Chapters have given this recommendation consideration and have 
already advanced their dues. 

To my successor, I extend every good wish. I know the Com- 
panions will show him the same fine spirit of co-operation which I 
received. To my predecessor, Rt. Ex. Comp. Eastwood, my humble 
thanks for an ever-present source of assistance and advice. Finally, 
I would like to thank, in all earnestness and sincerity, the Com- 
panions of District No. 5 for their support. My life has been truly 
enriched by the experiences of this past year. My Companions 
have won a w T arm and abiding niche in my heart, and it is my 
hope that I, in turn, have found a small corner in theirs. 

I look forward with confidence to the future of Royal Arch 
Masonry in Hamilton District, No. 5. 


R. Ex. Comp. Melville G. Beatty 

I have pleasure in submitting my report on the condition of 
Capitular Masonry in Huron District, No. 6, for the year 1952, 


and take ithe opportunity of thanking the Companions of the 
District for selecting me to the high office of Grand Superintendent, 
and also the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal for his con- 
firmation of the election. 

To Ex. Comp. W. H. Sargent, Scribe E of Bernard Chapter, 
No. 146, I wish to express my appreciation and thanks, for his sacri- 
fice of time and assistance in the position of District Secretary. 

During my term of office I visited each of the Chapters and 
I was well received on all occasions. 

The following is an inventory of these visits: 
June 10— Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow. 
June 20— Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine. 
Oct. 10— Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel. 
Oct. 21— Huron Chapter, No. 124— Goderich. 
Oct. 24-Tecumseh Chapter, No. 236, Stratford. 
Nov. 4— Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton. 
Nov. 10— St. James' Chapter, No. 46, St. Mary's. 
Nov. 17-Mallock Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth. 
Nov. 18— Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham. 
Dec. 2-Elliot Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell. 

On Wednesday, May 28th, 1952, an emergent meeting was held 
at Mallock Chapter No. 66, Seaforth. The R.A.M. Degree was 
exemplified in perfort form. Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, 
Grand Z, honoured Mallock Chapter with his presence and in a 
very excellent and impressive manner explained the most important 
parts of Capitular Masonry, as well as the closing charge. The 
address of the Grand Z was enjoyed by all present and, personally, 
it gave greater confidence in the duties of Grand Superintendent. 

I arranged a District Church Service for Sunday, May 18th, 
1952. This service was held in the Presbyterian Church, Listowel, 
and was well attended. Rev. W. E. Kelly, 32-degree Mason, gave a 
very interesting and instructive sermon. I cannot stress too highly 
the importance to the Companions of attending Divine Service. 

In summing up I would say that the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in this District is good. I would recommend a little more 
enthusiasm by the Junior Officers in the rendition of the ritual, 
and a little more effort by the Senior Officers to the newly advanced 
candidates, that their desire to proceed and attend convocations 
and finally to proceed to take office. 


In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere appreciation 
to the Ex. Comps. and Companions of the District for their kind 

consideration and courtesy extended to me at all times. The many 
pleasant duties which Ml to my lot will leave memories indelibly 
imprinted on my mind, which I shall cherish in years to come, 
and to my successor in office I extend good wishes, co-operation and 



R. Ex. Comp. Carroll Eskert Griffin 

May I express my most sincere thanks and appreciation to the 
Principals, Past Principals and Companions of Niagara District, 
No. 7, for the great honour which they conferred upon me in elect- 
ing me to the high office of Grand Superintendent by acclamation. 
On behalf of all the Companions of Niagara District I wish to ex- 
press grateful thanks to Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. Brad- 
shaw for his confirmation of my election and his acceptance of my 
services as his personal representative in the Niagara District. 

It was my good fortune and privilege to have Ex. Comp. L. R. 
Brennan accept the office of District Secretary. He served me faith- 
fully and conscientiously. For his untiring efforts, advice and 
valuable assistance I am most grateful and I offer him my sincere 
thanks and appreciation. 

To all present and past Grand Officers, Past Principals and 
Companions of the District I would like to extend my grateful 
thanks and appreciation for their assistance, wise counsel and loyal 
support in the various projects that have been successfully promoted 
this year. 

It seems only fitting that I should pay special tribute to that 
group of unsung heroes of the Constituent Chapters— the Scribe E's 
-who give unstintingly of their time and patience and for the 
countless ways they serve their Companions and also for the invalu- 
able assistance they render their First Principals. Without their 
untiring efforts and loyalty to duty no Chapter could operate suc- 

Mt. Nebo Chapter, No. 76, arranged a District Church Service 
which was held in Christ Church, Niagara Falls, on June 29. In 
spite of the fact that the service was held on a holiday week-end, 
130 Companions of Niagara District and a number of guests from 


the Niagara-Orleans District of the jurisdiction of the State of New 
York attended. While we were disappointed in not having Bishop 
Bag-nail preach the sermon as planned. We were, however, highly 
honoured in having Dean Jackson, who proved to be an able sub- 
stitute, conduct the service. Most Ex. Coinp. Bradshaw most gra- 
ciously consented to attend and assist with our service by reading 
the lesson. 

After my appointment as Grand Superintendent, I called on 
each Chapter in the District before they closed for the summer to 
personally thank them for their support in my election and to 
arrange for their official visit. The schedule of the official visits 
and the degrees that were conferred was as follows: 

Oct. 3— Niagara, No. 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake, M.M.M. 
Oct. 10-Mt. Moriah, No. 19, St. Catharines, M.M.M. 
Oct. 14-Hugh Murray, No. 184, Fort Erie, M.M.M. 
Oct. 20-McCallum, No. 29, Dunnville, R.A.M. 
Oct. 27-Smithville, No. 240, Smithville, R.A.M. 
Nov. 5-Willson, No. 64, Welland, R.A.M. 
Nov. 6— King Hiram, No. 57, Port Colborne, M.M.M. 
Nov. 21-Mt. Nebo, No. 76, Niagara Falls, M.E.M. 
Dec. 1 -Grimsby, No. 67, Grimsby, M.E.M. 

On all my official visits I was graciously and cordially received 
and with all the dignity and solemnity that should be accorded the 
representative of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal. A 
definite School of Instruction as such was not held. Due to the 
nature of the occupations of the Companions of the various 
Chapters their meetings are scheduled accordingly. Some do not 
meet in June and some do not meet in September. As a substitute 
for the School of Instruction I have visited all of the Chapters three 
times and some Chapters four times. I have been present for the 
conferring of two degrees in each Chapter and in some of the 
chapters I have seen all three degrees conferred. After the degrees 
were finished I called the Principals together and instructed them 
in those points which Grand Chapter has asked the Grand Super- 
intendents to bring to the attention of the Constituent Chapters. 
By following this procedure I found out things that would not 
have been disclosed in a School of Instruction. 

On May 29th, 1952, at an informal visit to McCallum Chapter, 
No. 29, Dunnville, I was pleasantly surprised and highly honoured 


in being asked to present the (.rand Chapter 25-Years a Past Prin- 
cipal's Jewel to one of Niagara District's most emminent Masons 
and one of the Chapter's stannchest supporters lor many years, 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford. At this meeting we had as 
our guests Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Eastwood and a delegation from 
Hamilton to assist us in honouring Rt. Ex. Comp. Camelford. 

On October 27th, 1952, at my official visit to Smithville 
Chapter, No. 240, I had the pleasure of presenting two more of the 
Grand Chapter's "Service with Age" Jewels to Rt. Ex. Comp. John 
Patterson and Rt. Ex. Comp. Frank Hayes who have through many 
years been instrumental in helping Smithville Chapter keep alive 
in its most trying and discouraging days. 

On October 31, 1952, Grimsby Chapter acted as host to the 
Principals' Association of the District at which time the instruc- 
tions from Grand Chapter were enumerated and discussed along 
with the business regularly brought before this group. 

Besides the official visits as outlined above, I attended five 
installations in the District. On January 8th, 1953, it was my good 
fortune to be invited to the installation of officers and the inves- 
titure of the title of Rt. Ex. Comp. on an old friend, Walter Russell, 
in my Mother Chapter, Niagara, No. 200, Niagara Falls, N.Y. The 
investiture was made by M. Ex. Comp. Wright, J. Burley, Past 
Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of the State of New York. 

On March 2nd, 1953, Niagara District was highly honoured 
with a visit by the Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada, the Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw, who 
gave a very inspiring and educational talk. Grimsby Chapter acted 
as host to the District and the visiting Companions from District 
No. 5, headed by Rt. Ex. Comp. Stanley Porch. There were also 
representatives from many other districts throughout this jurisdic- 
tion and Quebec in attendance. I am sure that I speak for all who 
were present, when I say that everybody that attended felt well 
repaid for their time and effort. 

On March 30th, 1953, the Principals' Association held their 
annual meeting in St. Catharines, with Mt. Moriah Chapter acting 
as host. This was the annual meeting called for the purpose of 
electing officers of the Association, to instruct the delegates to 
Grand Chapter concerning what action will be taken on matters 


placed before Grand Chapter and to receive nominations for the 
office of Grand Superintendent. 

Niagara Chapter, No. 200, have invited all the Companions 
of Niagara District to join with them in celebrating their annual 
International Night on April 9th, 1953. In light of the success 
of this popular event in the past years a large attendance is expected 
and a most profitable and enjoyable evening is in store for those 
who avail themselves of the hospitality and companionship of 
Niagara Chapter. The Grand High Priest of the State of New 
York is expected to be present at this convocation. 

The last official act of my term of office will be to present 
the 50-Year Jewel to Ex. Comp. W. J. Griffith of McCallum 
Chapter, No. 29, Dunnville, on behalf of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada and the Grand First Principal, the Most Excellent Com- 
panion A. G. N. Bradshaw. Unfortunately, illness of Ex. Comp. 
Griffith has delayed this ceremony and it has not been done at this 

In summing up my year's work as Grand Superintendent, I 
would like to point out that the District as a whole had an average 
net gain of 3 members per Chapter as compared to one for last 
year. Whle I do not think that this is the best that can be done, 
I do feel that it does indicate a trend which, it is hoped, will con- 
tinue. Last year three Chapters showed a combined net loss of 
10 members, while this year only two Chapters show a combined 
loss of two members; all other Chapters show an increase for both 
years. It should be pointed out that two of the smallest Chapters 
in the jurisdiction are in this District and two others only missed 
being in this group because it was limited to 10 chapters. This 
condition is not due to the fact that the Companions of these 
Chapters are not aware of their responsibilities as M.E.M.'s, but 
primarily due to the small Masonic population in the communities 
which these Chapters serve. For example, if the entire Masonic 
population of these centres were Chapter members these four 
Chapters could only have a membership as follows: 


Masons Available 







King Hiram 



Roughly, one-third of these Masons no longer live in the areas 
where the) Hold membership in the Blue Lodge. It will be readily 
seen from these figures that these Chapters are doing a good job 
under extremely adverse conditions. It is gratifying to report that 

the Chapters of this District are attracting a good number of young 
men who have many years ahead to serve their Chapters. I think 
this in itself augurs well lor the quality of work done in this Dis- 
trict. However, I feel that I would be remiss in my duty if I did 
not sound this note of warning. These young Companions are not 
going to be satisfied with sitting on the sidelines year after year 
listening to Past Principals doing work that they would like to have 
a chance to do. I know of no better way to stimulate interest in 
the Chapter than to assign work to these young Companions and 
in so doing help them to grow up with the work under the wise 
counsel of these same Past Principals. Forget not that these Com- 
panions are the Chapters' Workers and Salesmen of tomorrow. Now 
that we have these young Companions, let us do everything in our 
power to keep them and make them feel that they are a part of 
the organization. Most of these young Companons are eager to 
work for their Chapters if you will but let them. I have been most 
pleasantly surprised at the high quality of work that is being done 
by these young Companions who have never before held any office 
in a Masonic Lodge. 

In conclusion I would like to express my deep feeling of grati- 
tude to all the Chapters of the District for their many kindnesses 
to me and their hearty co-operation which they have so graciously 
extended to me. This has inspired me to new understanding of the 
difficulties that beset the Chapter officers. 

I only hope that my visits to the various Chapters have been 
beneficial and instructive and that somewhere along the line of 
duty I have been of some service to the First Principals of the Dis- 
trict. Also, that I may have done some act or said some word that 
will have left a lasting impression on Companions that have 
journeyed with me this vear and that they, too, might be inspired 
to do a better job of living their daily life. Then I shall feel 
that my efforts have not been in vain and that my time has not 
been spent for naught. 

To my successor, may he be accorded the same courtesies that 
were extended to me. I offer him my support and the benefit of 
my experience to the best of my capabilities and limits of my quali- 


fications to counsel him in his term of office. May he prove to be 
an able leader and a happy choice to draw all the Chapters more 
closely together in Companionship and Brotherly Love, for the 
best interest of the Chapter as a whole. 


R. Ex. Comp. Frank D. Lacey 

I wish to express my appreciation of the honour conferred on 
me by the District in submitting my name for the office of Grand 
Superintendent, and to the Most Excellent the Grand Z, for his 
confirmation of the same; to Ex. Comp. Welk who very kindly 
accepted my invitation to act as District Secretary. I also wish 
at this time to express my heartfelt appreciation for the assistance 
he has rendered to the Royal Craft and myself in performing the 
duties of this important office. His knowledge of Masonry and 
of Toronto East District, No. 8, has been a constant source of 
inspiration to me throughout the year and he has accompanied me 
on my visits, both official and fraternal, and has performed his 
duties in a most capable manner. 

I had the pleasure of visiting for inspection all the Chapters 
in the District fairly early in the year, and also the great pleasure 
of returning to all the Chapters on fraternal visits two to three 
times. The scedule of inspection dates were as follows: 

May 16-Aurora Chapter, No. 235, M.M.M. 

June 12-Succoth Chapter, No. 135, H.R.A. 

Sept. 12-York Chapter, No. 62, H.R.A. 

Oct. 1 -Victoria Chapter, No. 205, M.M.M. 

Oct. 6— St. Andrew's and St. John Chapter, No. 4, M.M.M. 

Oct. 7— University Chapter, No. 241, M.M.M. 

Oct. 8-Beaver Chapter, No. 225, H.R.A. 

Oct. 17-The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, H.R.A. 

Oct. 23-King Solomon Chapter, No. 8, M.E.M. 

Nov. 3-The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, H.R.A. 

Nov. 12— St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, H.R.A. 

Nov. 26-Orient Chapter, No. 79, H.R.A. 

Nov. 28-St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, H.R.A. 

Upon all these occasions I receved the heartiest fraternal wel- 
come as the representative of the Grand First Principal. In most 


of the Chapters degree work was <>l the highest standard <>i effi- 
ciency. One could not but be delighted with the line spirit of 
fraternalism which exists throughout the District and the evident 
loyalty of the Companions to the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal and Grand Chapter. The books of the Scribe E's and 
the Treasurers were found to be in order and to date. Many of 
these officers deserve much credit for the fine general appearance 
as well as accuracy of their records. The books of marks were 
found to be fairly complete in most Chapters. 

Visits of the Grand First Principal in Toronto East District, 
No. 8, were highly honoured upon two occasions by visits from 
Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw. On the evening of Nov. 13th, 
1952, Grand Chapter Night at Orient Chapter, No. 79, the officers 
of the evening were Grand Chapter officers who conferred the 
Royal Arch Degree. Led by M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, R. Ex. 
Comp. J. A. M. Taylor and R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, Grand 
Council. Assisted by R. Ex. Comp. George Jones, Acting Z; R. Ex. 
Comp. F. J. Johnson, G.S.E.; R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Grierson, G.S.N.; 
R. Ex. Comp. H. L. Martyn, G.P.S.; R. Ex. Comp. H. Perkins, S.S.; 
V. Ex. Comp. H. V. Watson, J.S.; R. Ex. Comp. A. Pickles, Fourth 
Veil; R. Ex. Comp. J. Woodland, Third Veil; R. Ex. Comp. J. 
Mackie, Second Veil; R. Ex. Comp. J. Pickard, First Veil; R. Ex. 
Comp. G. H. Shannon, Q.C., Grand Registrar; R. Ex. Comp. Rev. 
W. J. Johnston, Grand Chaplain; M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, 
P.G.Z.; R. Ex. Comp. F. D. Lacey, Grand Superintendent, Toronto 
East District, No. 8.; R. Ex. Comp. W. A. McKague, Grand Super- 
intendent, Toronto West District, No. 8A; R. Ex. Comp. R. Wilson, 
R. Ex. Comp. R. McElhinney, R. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, R. Ex. 
Comp. T. Westcott, R. Ex. Comp. S. Tonkin, R. Ex. Comp. Wm. 
Gardner and Ex. Comp. H. D. Ballod, First Principal of Orient 
Chapter. The candidate of the evening was Comp. J. A. Hearn. 
Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Also Grand Chapter Night, Nov. 21st, 1952, at The St. Patrick 
Chapter, No. 145. The arrangements for this important annual 
occasion was in the hands of R. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, Past Grand 
Superintendent, Toronto East District, No. 8. Most Ex. Comp. 
Fred W. Dean, Past Grand Z., assumed the sceptre and conferred 
the H.R.A. Degree; R. Ex. Comp. F. D. Lacey, I.P.Z.; R. Ex. Comp. 
J. A. M. Taylor, H.; R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, J.; R. Ex. Comp. 


F. J. Johnson, S.E.; R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie, Treasurer; R. Ex. 
Comp. W. J. Grierson, S.N.; R. Ex. Comp. H. L. Martyn, P.S.; 
V. Ex. Comp. W. J. Black, S.S.; V. Ex. Comp. E. Hewett, J.S.; 
V. Ex. Comp. E. Pickles, Fourth Veil; V. Ex. Comp. H. V. Watson, 
Third Veil; V. Ex. Comp. S. Abrams, Second Veil; V. Ex. Comp. 
A. E. Hayward, First Veil. Assisted by Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, Grand Z.; R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Gardner, R. Ex. Comp. 
E. M. Woolcock, R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Mackie, R. Ex. Comp. V. L. 
Mutton, V. Ex. Comp. A. H. Jones, R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Brackner, 
V. Ex. Comp. R. H. Dee, R. Ex. Comp. A. Pickles, V. Ex. Comp. 
T. Peck, R. Ex. Comp. L. L. Querie, R. Ex. Comp. J. S. Pickard 
and R. Ex. Comp. R. Wilson. 

At Orient Chapter, on Nov. 13th, 1952, there were two out- 
standing events, when Comp. A. J. Brien, Pembroke Chapter, No. 
58, Mattawa, was presented with his Fifty- Year Jewel by Most Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, Grand Z. His son thanked the Grand 
Z on behalf of Comp. Brien. 

Ex. Comp. Charles Law of Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph, 
was presented with the Fifty- Year Jewel of a Past Principal by 
M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, Grand Z. Ex. Comp. Law also 
holds the Fifty- Year Jewel of a Past Master, and the Fifty-Year 
Knights Templar Jewel. Ex. Comp. Law very ably and humbly 
thanked the Grand Z, the First Principal, officers and mem- 
bers of Orient Chapter, and R. Ex. Comp. Robert McElhinney, 
who had made this presentation possible. 

Schools of Instruction were held at Aurora Chapter, No. 235, 
and conferred the H.R.A. Degree Feb. 20th, 1953, at Beaver Chapter, 
No. 225, and conferred the M.E.M. Degree March 11th, 1953, at 
King Solomon Chapter, No. 8, and conferred the M.M.M. Degree 
March 26th, 1953. 

All the ruling Councils of the thirteen Chapters are to be 
complimented on the manner in which the work was done. I also 
want to thank R. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle for his able assistance 
in these Schools of Instruction. 

I also attended ten of the thirteen Chapters at their Installations 
and Investiture of Officers and I wish to congratulate the present 
and past Grand Chapter Officers and Past Principals who conducted 
the installation ceremonies in a very capable and efficient manner. 


I wish at this time to congratulate the Royal Arch Masons 
Welfare Committee of the two Toronto Districts for again having 
a successful season in humanitarian and welfare work. The success 
of these efforts is clue to the wonderful cooperation of the Com- 
panions of the two Districts in supplying cars for the many trips 
during the past summer. This committee was under the able 
direction of R. Ex. Com p. L. J. Colling as chairman and Ex. Comp. 
A. Ottis, secretary-treasurer. 

It was with extreme pleasure that I was able to be with my 
Companions of Toronto West District, No. 8A, at their District 
Church Service held at Humbercrest United Church, Baby Point 
Road, Sunday evening, Nov. 2nd, 1952. The service was in charge 
of Comp. Rev. David H. Gallagher who delivered a very able and 
impressive sermon to Royal Arch Masons. 

I also had the extreme pleasure of attending our District 
Divine Service of The St. Patrick Chapter in the Eglinton United 
Church, March 22, when R. Ex. Comp. Rev. W. J. Johnston, our 
Grand Chaplain, delivered a special sermon for members of the 
Royal Arch Masons. It was very gratifying to see such a large 
turnout of the Companions of Toronto East District, No. 8, and 
Toronto West District, No. 8A. 

I would at this time like to express my sincere thanks to Rt. 
Ex. Comp. W. A. McKague, Grand Superintendent, Toronto West 
District, No. 8A, for his co-operation between the two Districts. 
This co-operation was most evident on the evening of Feb. 13th, 
1953, when the two Districts tendered a reception to M. Ex. Comp. 
A. G. N. Bradshaw, Grand Z, under the leadership of Rt. Ex. 
Comp. W. A. McKague and myself. On this occasion the Com- 
panions, by their large attendance, exemplified in a most impressive 
manner the deep and sincere feeling they hold for Most Ex. Comp. 
A. G. N. Bradshaw. 

In bringing my report to a close let me once again express my 
sincere appreciation for the honour and privileges which have been 
mine. When first elected I had a deep feeling that perhaps I would 
not be able to measure up to requirements, considering the calibre 
of the men who had been elected to this high office in former years. 
And I feel that had I not had the co-operation of every Companion 
in the District that I would have failed. In passing I wish to say 
that the year has been one of the brightest in my Masonic life. If 


at any time I can be of assistance to my successor or any of the 
officers of Grand Chapter I will feel that I have already received 
my wages. 


R. Ex. Comp. W. Allison McKague, 

In their election of a year ago, confirmed by appointment, 
Toronto West District, No. 8A, and the Grand First Principal 
conferred on me an honour in Royal Arch Masonry and made 
possible a year which I fully enjoyed and which will remain with 
me as a happy recollection throughout life. I now have pleasure 
in submitting my report. 

The condition of Royal Arch Masonry in the District is fairly 
good. Membership is increased, degree work is correct and impres- 
sive, while the general interest of officers and companions is better 
than it was a few years back. 

As District Secretary I appointed Ex. Comp. J. H. Dicken, who 
has been most capable in his duties, a popular associate in my 
visits, and a genial companion throughout. 

A District meeting was held May 31, 1952, and another on 
March 23, 1953, when Chapter representatives were able to discuss 
the affairs of our District. 

Official inspection visits were scheduled and made as follows: 

Oct. 1-Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, Toronto. 

Oct. 7— Peel Chapter, No. 195, Brampton. 

Oct. 9-The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, Toronto. 

Oct. 10-Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto. 

Oct. 14— Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, Toronto. 

Oct. 15— Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, Lambton Mills. 

Oct. 17-Humber Chapter, No. 246, Weston. 

Oct. 20— Toronto-Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto. 

Oct. 28-Port Credit Chapter, No. 230, Port Credit. 

Nov. 4— Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, Toronto. 

Nov. 5— Mimico Chapter, No. 215, Mimico. 

Nov. 19— King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto. 

Nov. 27-Ulster Chapter, No. 219, Toronto. 

Schools of Instruction were held as follows: 

Feb. 12-The St. Clair Chapter, M.E.M. Degree. 


Feb. 18— King Cyrus Chapter, M.M.M. Degree. 

Mar. 18— Lebanon Chapter, R.A.M. Degree. 

A District Divine Service was held Sunday, November 2, at 

7 p.m., at Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, when Rev. David 
H. Gallagher, who is a life member of Chantry Chapter, South- 
ampton, Out., delivered a sermon which was much appreciated by 
a good attendance of Companions and their families. 

Outstanding Grand Chapter events which I was able to attend 
were dedication ceremonies at Peterborough on November 28 and 
at Midland on March 19, and Grand Chapter Nights of Orient 
Chapter on November 13 and The St. Patrick Chapter on November 

The Toronto Districts were happy to join on February 13 in 
a reception to our Grand First Principal at Eglinton Temple. York 
Chapter was host, and Occident Chapter co-operated by postponing 
its convocation scheduled for the same night. First Principals of 
the Chapters for the years 1952 and 1953 were presented to Most 
Excellent Companion Bradshaw, and a token of our esteem was 
given to him. He delivered an address which made a lasting impres- 
sion on all who were present. 

At Oakwood Chapter on October 1, I had the pleasure of 
investing V. Ex. Companion A. E. Hayward with his regalia of 
office as Grand Steward. On several occasions I was able to take part 
in or witness the presentation of long service jewels to past princi- 
pals and other companions. A unique feature of the year was the 
conferring of our degrees by Humber Chapter on four Graham 

A golf day for companions of the two Districts was held at 
Aurora in June. It was well attended and enjoyed by all. 

Relations with Rt. Ex. Companion Frank Lacey of Toronto 
District No. 8 were most cordial, and we co-operated on several 
matters during the year. 

The good work of the Welfare Committee for the two Toronto 
Districts, in visits and gifts to veterans in hospitals, and in provid- 
ing transportation for children to the camp operated by the Tor- 
onto City Mission, is being supported by many of our companions. 
The Committee also has a very efficient degree team. I was glad to 
be able to attend the special events of the Committee during the 


The annual dinner of the Principals' Association of Toronto, 
held January 29, with our Grand First Principal in attendance and 
our Grand Chaplain as chief speaker, was a successful event. 

Royal Arch Masonry sustained a deep loss in the passing on 
September 21, of R. B. Dargavel, Hon. Most Excellent Grand First 
Principal, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario, and Grand Inspector of Ben- 
evolence in Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter. He was a life mem- 
ber of Humber Chapter, No 246, and a member of Toronto Chapter, 
No. 185. 

Past Grand Superintendents and other members of Grand 
Chapter have been co-operative in every way, and the Grand Scribe 
E has been always ready with advice and assistance. 

For the year's record I make special note of the fact that at all 
visits, punctuality was observed by all concerned, and Grand Chap- 
ter officers and visitors were properly received. The courtesy ex- 
tended to my office and myself is highly appreciated. 

My District Secretary was able to assure me that all records 
were in order, and in conformity with Grand Chapter require- 
ments. We always feel assured when we find that the Scribe E knows 
his duty and does it. 

On various occasions, in my remarks at Chapter convocations, 
I have urged that officers be sure that they know their candidates by 
name, avoid undue haste in their work, and do their best towards 
making the degree impressive. 

The outlook for Royal Arch Masonry in the District is in- 
creasingly favorable. To our incoming Grand Superintendent I 
wish every success, and pledge my co-operation. 


R. Ex. Comp. Harry E. McCullough, 

May I express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the 
Honor conferred upon Signet Chapter, and myself, by the Com- 
panions of this District, in electing me by acclamation to this High 
Office, and to the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, for his confirmation of my election. 


My first pleasant duty was to appoint Kx. Comp. A. G. Bowie, 
District Secretary, and Ex. Comp. I. McLachlan, District Chaplain, 
both of which very ably assisted at all visits to the various Chapters. 
My sincere thanks to each for their assistance throughout the year. 

On May 28th I called a meeting of Past District Superintend- 
ents, Past and present Principals of Georgian District, to be held at 
Wilcox Inn, Stayner, where dinner was served, with all Chapters 
being represented. 

At 8.30 p.m. an open discussion was held as to dates of visits, 
and a Field Day or Chapter of Instruction to be held at Signet 
Chapter, Barrie, when it was decided that the Past District Superin- 
tendents would confer the Royal Arch Degree, at an emergent Con- 
vocation, Wednesday, October 22nd, 1952. 

It was left to myself to appoint the Officers, and apportion the 
work. I am very happy to state that it proved a real success, with 
all Chapters of the District well represented, as well as a number 
of Companions from outside points. Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal was present as guest speaker, and gave The Pedestal Lec- 
ture, accompanying him were R. Ex. Comp. F. J. Johnson, Grand 
Scribe "E", and R. Ex. Comp. H. Shannon, Grand Registrar. 

Following the Degree, the Companions adjourned to the ban- 
quet hall when a luncheon was served, and Most Excellent the 
Grand First Principal gave a very interesting talk on Capitular 

On January 13, 1953, I had the pleasure of being present when 
Frank Shannon was installed as First Principal of Signet Chapter 
by his brother R. Ex. Comp. H. Shannon, Grand Registrar, assisted 
by Most Excellent the Grand First Principal A. G. N. Bradshaw, R. 
Ex. Comp. F. J. Johnson, Grand Scribe "E", and a number of Grand 
Chapter Officers, and Ex. Companions from Kitchener. 

This convocation was a very memorable occasion, when Most 
Excellent the Grand First Principal presented 50 year service Jewels 
to R. Ex. Comp. J. H. M. McGuire, and Comp. C. W. Carley, and 
a 25 year Past Principals Jewel to Ex. Comp. R. A. Stewart. He 
also presented Comp. M. D. Morrison with his Royal Arch Certifi- 
cate, as he had received his Royal Arch Degree on our Field Day 
October 22nd, 1952. 

Following this ceremony all adjourned to the banquet hall, 
where luncheon was served, and Most Excellent the Grand First 


Principal, A. G. N. Bradshaw delivered a very inspiring address, 
and attending this address were a number of Principals and Com- 
panions from the District. 

On each of my Official Visits of inspection, I was given a very 
warm welcome, and your representative was received in due and 
proper form at each Chapter. 

The schedule of my visits of inspection was arranged as follows: 

Oct. 10-Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia. 

Nov. 11— Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie. 

Jan. 21— Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton. 

Feb. 13— Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood. 

Feb. 17— Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound. 

Feb. 27— Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland. 

On five of my visits a Degree was conferred, and one ex- 
emplified. All Chapters are receiving applications for Exaltation, 
the spirit of peace and harmony on the whole is excellent, and the 
future of Capitular Masonry, in the District is most heartening, and 
the work of my predecessors is evident. 

Among the outstanding events of my visits was the presentation 
of 25 year Past Principals Jewels to V. Ex. Comp. W. Dey, Mani- 
tou, No. 27, Ex. Comp. S. Sivill, Georgian Chapter, Owen Sound, 
and. J. H. Bell, St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton. These were 
presented on my official visit to Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Colling- 
wood, and on my official visit to Georgian Chapter, No. 56, I had 
the honor of presenting 25 years Past Principals Jewels to Ex. Com- 
panions R. J. Archer, and N. H. Wilson, both of Georgian Chapter 
No. 56. 

On March 19th, 1953, it was my privilege to attend a special 
Convocation of Grand Chapter held at Midland, for the purpose 
of Dedicating the new Chapter Room for Kichikewana Chapter, 
No. 167, G.R.C. 

Owing to the absence of Most Excellent the Grand First Prin- 
cipal, A. G. N. Bradshaw, who was confined to his home through 
illness, Most Excellent Comp. J. N. Burden, assisted by Grand Chap- 
ter Officers, conducted the Ceremony of Dedication. 

Also present was R. Ex. Comp. F. Lacey, Grand District Sup- 
erintendent of District No. 8, Toronto, accompanied by a number 


of Excellent Companions. R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Ratz, Grand District 
Superintendent of Wilson District was also present, accompanied 
by a number of Excellent Companions. 

Following the Ceremony of Dedication, all adjourned to the 
banquet hall, and partook of a very enjoyable repast, followed 
with the usual Toasts, and congratulations to Kichikewana Chapter, 
on the dedication of the beautiful new Chapter Room. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my gratitude to the Com- 
panions of each Chapter, and offer my best wishes for their future 
success, and may my successor in office receive the same courtesies 
during his term, as I have received during mine. 


R. Ex. Comp. E. W. Edmondson 

In presenting this report on the condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry in Ontario District, No. 10, may I express to the Principals 
and Past Principals of the District my appreciation for the confi- 
dence placed in me and the honour bestowed upon me in electing 
me their Grand Superintendent? I also thank Most Ex. Comp. 
A. G. N. Bradshaw for confirming my election. 

Ex. Comp. N. H. Hewitt consented to act as my secretary and 
to him I also extend sincere thanks. He has been of great assistance 
to me and has carried out the duties of his important office in an 
exemplary manner. He accompanied me on all visits and greatly 
assisted in performing my duties. 

Meetings of Instruction were called in: 

Lindsay on June 4th, 1952 
Colborne on June 9th, 1952 
Bowmanville on June 19th, 1952. 

These meetings were well attended and the instructions re- 
ceived at Grand Chapter were explained. Then in each case, a 
general discussion and question period took place which, I believe, 
was beneficial and enjoyed by all present. 

Official visits of Inspection were arranged as follows: 

Oct. 3— Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne 
Oct. 7-Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa 


Oct. 10— Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope 
Oct. 15— King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington 
Oct. 20— Palestine Chapter, No. 249, Bowmanville 
Oct. 28— St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg 
Nov. 12— Wark worth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth 
Nov. 14— Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby 
Nov. 17— Ionic Chapter, No. 168, Campbellford 
Nov. 20— Midland Chapter, No. 94, Lindsay 
Mar. 27— Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterborough 

On all visits I was received most cordially as the representative 
of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal. 

Each Chapter in the District was visited once prior to the visit 
of Inspection and I believe this helped tremendously in relieving 
strain on the officers and members during the Inspection visits. 

On my Inspection visit to Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope, 
I had the privilege of presenting Ex. Comp. C. H. Brewer with 
his Twenty-five year Past Principal's Jewel. 

On May 15th, 1952, accompanied by Ex. Comp. N. H. Hewitt 
and our wives, we attended Midland Chapter's Ladies' Night in 

On October 26th, I attended Divine Service with the Com- 
panions of Warkworth Chapter, Warkworth and Ionic Chapter, 
Campbellford in St. Andrews Church, Campbellford. 

The highlight of my year in office was the dedication of the 
new Chapter room for Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterborough, 
by Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw on November 28th, 1952. 
The Grand First Principal was accompanied by Rt. Ex. Comp. 
J. M. Taylor, Grand Second Principal, Rt. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, 
Grand Third Principal, Rt. Ex. Comp. F. J. Johnson, Grand Scribe 
E, and many other Officers of Grand Chapter. At this convocation 
the Grand First Principal also presented Rt. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven 
with a commission as Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter 
of Saskatchewan. Our Grand First Principal also presented a 50 
year jewel to Ex. Comp. W. J. Henry. 

I also had the pleasure of being present at the 25th anniversary 
of Palestine Chapter, No. 249, Bowmanville, on February 16th, 
1953, at which Most Ex. Comp. Reginald V. E. Conover acted on 

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behalf of our (.rand First Principal and gave a very interesting 
and Informative address. 

On March 3rd, r953, on behall <>l oui Grand liist Principal, I 
had the honour of presenting a lilt\ year jewel to V. Ex. Clomp. 
S. J. Babe of Pentalpha Chapter, Oshawa. 

On March l<)th, 195:5, I attended Ionic Chapter, Campbellford 
and shared in their annual birthday party. At this celebration our 

(.rand Chaplain, the Reverend R. Ex. Conip. W. J. Johnston, was 
the speaker. He combined humour and seriousness to address the 
Companions in an entertaining way, as only one of his Irish back- 
ground and culture could do. 

In conclusion, may I say that although the condition of Royal 
Arch Masonry in this District is in general good, I would advocate 
that the Chapters try to see that yearly dues cover all general ex- 
penses; that part of the Fee for Exaltation be set aside to build up 
a reserve against future contingencies; and that certain of the Chap- 
ters take steps to become better known in their Craft Lodges, thus 
creating a desire in members of these bodies to become Royal Arch 

To my successor I extend my heartiest congratulations and 
would ask for him the same co-operation that I have received. It 
has been a very enjoyable year for me. I have gained considerable 
in knowledge and experience and if the Companions in this District 
have derived some benefits during my tenure of office, then I feel 
this past year has been successful. 


R. Ex. Comp. W. C. Hicks, 

As the end of my term of office draws to a close, it is with a 
great deal of pleasure that I submit my report on conditions of 
capitular Masonry in this District. 

First I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to 
the Companions of my Mother Chapter and of the District who 
by their support elected me to this office as their representative 
and to Most Ex. Comp. Bradshaw for confirming same. 

As my District Secretary I appointed Ex. Comp. E. R. Hodgson, 
an office in which he excelled. He accompanied me on all Official 
visits as well as on other occasions. It affords one a great deal of 


satisfaction to be accompanied by various members of your own 
Chapter to whom I offer my thanks. 

On May 30, 1952, a meeting of 1st Principals and Scribe E. 
of each Chapter in the District was held in the Masonic Temple, 
Belleville, Ont., at which instruction as received at Grand Chapter 
was passed on and explained. 

The dates of Official visits were set up as follows: 

June 18— Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44, Napanee 

Oct. 13— Quintie Friendship Chapter, No. 227, Belleville 

Oct. 21 -St. Marks' Chapter, No. 26, Trenton 

Oct. 27-Madoc Chapter, No. 161, Madoc 

Nov. 18— Presqu'lle Chapter, No. 144, Brighton 

Nov. 27— Keystone Chapter, No. 72, Stirling 

Dec. 2— Moria Chapter, No. 7, Belleville 

Dec. 31— Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, Picton. 

On June 3rd, 1952, visited Moria Chapter at Belleville, where I 
had the pleasure of presenting Rt. Ex. Companion Harold McElrath 
with his 25 year past 1st Principle Jewel. 

The Fall meeting of Prince Edward District Principal Associa- 
tion was held at Picton, Friday, October 31, 1952. A good repre- 
sentation of the various Chapters was there at which plans was laid 
for a Field Day at the Belleville Masonic Temple in the Fall of 

On my Official visits I was received with dignity and respect as 
the representative of the Most Excellent First Principal. In seven 
Chapters degrees were conferred with great credit to the respective 
Chapters. The eighth Chapter having election of Officers and as 
they had planned a special evening re my visit I gladly concurred 
in the request of a degree being dispensed with. I might add that 
having seen this Chapter in the past confer degrees. I knew their 
work to be excellent. 

On the 19th of January, 1953, assisted by Ex. Comps. of Prince 
Edward Chapter I installed and invested the Officers for 1953. 

During the year 1952-53 Capitular Masonry in Prince Edward 
District has had a very successful year. The various Chapter having 
a goodly number of candidates. The work in the different Chapters 
was put on in a very efficient manner and is practically uniform 
throughout the District. 


In conclusion I express my very deep feeling of gratification t<> 
all Chapters for the kindness and cooperation which has at all time 

been extended to me. This has been a constant source of inspir- 
ation ami has done more towards enabling me to give the Distrii i 
the best possible service commensurate with my qualification and 



R. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. A. Payton, 

First I would express my appreciation to the Principals and 
Past Principals of this District, and to the officers and companions 
of Grenville Chapter, for the honour and privilege they conferred 
upon me when they nominated and elected me to this high office. I 
wish also to express my sincere thanks to Most Excellent Companion 
Alex. G. N. Bradshaw, the Grand First Principal, for confirming my 
election. I am also indebted and grateful to R. Ex. Companion 
Fred Johnson, the Grand Scribe E. for his courtesy and assistance 
during my term of office. 

I would be remiss if I did not also express my appreciation to 
Ex. Companion W. V. Richards of Grenville Chapter, who readily 
assumed the responsibility of secretary, and accompanied me on all 
my visits, examining the records of each chapter and reported the 
condition of them to me. Also would I record my indebtedness to 
R. Ex. Companion J. Neil MacMillan of Leeds Chapter who ar- 
ranged for a car and companions to accompany me on every official 

The following schedule of Official visits was arranged and 
completed as scheduled: 

Oct. 6— Sussex-St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 59, Brockville 

Oct. 9— Maitland Chapter, No. 66, Kemptville 

Oct. 17— St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg 

Oct. 28-Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque 

Nov. 11— Grenville Chapter, No. 22, Prescott 

Nov. 19— Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall 

Nov. 21— Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui, No. 1, Kingston 

On September 28th at 11.00 a.m., a District Divine Service was 
held at Wall Street United Church, Brockville, with Companion, 
Rev. Gordon Maxwell taking the Service, and preaching an inspir- 
ing sermon on "The Stone Which The Builders Rejected." The 


attendance did not meet our expectations, as only 80, were present, 
and two Chapters were not represented at all. 

The International Night, sponsored annually by Covenant 
Chapter at Cornwall, and the Massena Chapter at Massena, N.Y., 
was held at the latter place on Sept. 18th with a huge attendance. A 
great number from this district attended, all reporting a profitable 
retreat and generous hospitality. 

The Principal's Association met in Brockville, in the Masonic 
Temple, on October 7th. After an enjoyable supper and the regular 
business, with election of officers, was concluded, a Quizz on the 
Constitution and the bylaws of the Association was conducted. It 
created a lot of discussion and revealed a lot of ignorance. 

On February 26th, we had the honour and privilege of receiving 
and entertaining Most Excellent Companion Alex. Bradshaw, the 
Grand First Principal, on an official visit to the District. Grenville 
Chapter of Prescott, under the supervision of Ex. Com. Ed. McNally, 
provided the facilities, and arranged with the Woman's Association 
of St. Paul's United Church to provide a turkey dinner, which was 
both sumptuous and delicious. Not only did we have the pleasure of 
hearing our Grand First Principal, but we also entertained a num- 
ber of Craft Masons from various lodges throughout the District. 

The records and books of all Chapters, without exception, are 
all properly and carefully kept. Too much credit cannot be given 
to the Scribe E's of the various chapters for diligence and faithful- 
ness in their Masonic duty. All of them have tried to keep a record 
of the Rituals, but it is impossible, as these rituals are so easily pro- 
cured by any companion, from many different sources. The Manual 
has been of real assistance to many officers, but many seem to be 
ignorant of it. 

The average attendance at most Chapters is small compared to 
the membership. This is due to a large extent to the great number 
of activities in the community. Also I find that most Chapters are 
situated up long flights of stairs, and many of the older companions 
are prevented from attending the convocations by those stairs. I 
also observed that most of our Chapters are not supported by young 
men, i.e. men between twenty five and forty. 

One of the great needs of Capitular Masonry in this District is 
Masonic Education. Many of the companions sit in the Chapter, 
enjoy the work, but so often see no real significance or meaning in 

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it. Few know anything at all about the Temple, or the Tabernacle. 
lt\ amazing how few know that in the M.M.M. and M.E.M's degrees 
they are building one temple and in the U.K. A. they are helping to 
rebuild it. slides or Eilmstrips could be used to instruct the com- 
panions, and as thc\ understood more of the work and the symbols 
the) would become more interested, and their attendance better. 

Three Chapters of Instruction have been planned. One at 
Morrisburg on March 20th, which had to be postponed on account 
ol a llu epidemic. Covenant Chapter of Cornwall and Grenvivlle 
Chapter of Prescott were to exemplify the M.M.M. Degree. An 
interesting and stimulating Chapter of Instruction was held at 
Gananoque on March 24th, when the Kingston and Brockville 
Chapters exemplified the M.E.M. Degree. This wasn't a mere 
demonstration of the degree, although the work was clone in an 
exemplary manner, but a time of instruction and education. Before 
the work was begun an explanation was made of the degree then 
during the degree the work was frequently stopped to correct any 
point or explain it. When it was complete any officer or companion 
was encouraged to ask questions, or make constructive, kindly crit- 
icism. Such a Chapter of Instruction is to be held at Kemptville on 
April 9th, when the H.R.A. will be exemplified by St. John's, and 
Leeds Chapter, along with the host Chapter, exemplifying the 

This past year has been a year of privilege and service. I have 
learned much about Royal Arch Masonry, and am convinced that 
every Chapter, as well as every companion, could fill a more vital 
place in our democratic, Christian society if they knew more about 
the ideals and principles of Capitular Masonry. As a past principal 
and a past Grand Superintendent I have a much greater opportunity 
to serve Roval Arch Masonry and help to make it an effective in- 
fluence in the community and nation. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. H. T. C. Humphries, 


In presenting my report on the conditions of Capitular Ma 
for the Ottawa District, No. 13, I wish first to express my appreci- 
ation to the Companions of this District for the honor conferred 
upon me in selecting me as Grand Superintendent and my most 
sincere thanks to the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal Z, for 
his confirmation. In this expression of thanks I wish to include all 


the Companions of the District, but more particularly must I say 
Thank You to Ex. Companion Roy E. Isbister for his work as my 
Secretary. His attendance at all visits with me and his willingness 
to help in every respect, lightened my duties to no small extent. I 
would also like to express my thanks to all Companions who ac- 
companied me on all occasions, particularly Rt. Ex. Companion 
Fergus A. McDiarmid of Carleton Chapter, No. 16 and especially 
Companion John Sinclair, Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, who was so 
considerate of my health as to chauffeur on all out of town visits, 
relieving me of the strain of driving under sometimes very trying 
weather conditions, and Comp. W. L. Elworthy, Ottawa Chapter, 
No. 222, for his musical efforts at degree work. 

It was most unfortunate that my plans to hold a Chapter of In- 
struction during the early part of my term of office, did not mature 
due to conditions beyond my control. However at the visit to each 
Chapter this part of my duties, I think was fully covered. 

Interchange of visits between Chapters have been very evident 
and it is appreciated that these visits help to consolidate the Com- 
panions of the District in a bond of allegiance to Grand Chapter. 

The ready response to all communications with the Grand 
Scribe "E" is evidence of a desire to afford full co-operation and 
the help and suggestions of the Grand Scribe "E" has been, and is 
fully appreciated by the Constituent Chapters. 

It was my privilege to attend a meeting of Dalhousie Lodge, 
No. 52, G.R.C. in Ontario, on the evening of May 10, 1952, being 
the occasion of a fraternal visit of Windsor Lodge, No. 18, Windsor, 
Vermont, where I was introduced at the supper hour, as the Repre- 
sentative of the Grand Z, Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, and the Grand Superintendent of District No. 13. Other 
Masonic bodies were also in attendance. 

Divine service, sponsored by St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths 
Falls, was held on Sunday, May 18th, 1952, at 11 a.m. in Trinity 
United Church, Smiths Falls. An inspiring message was delivered 
to an overflow congregation by Ex. Companion, Rev. C. E. Arm- 
strong, Minister, and First Principal of St. Francis Chapter. 

On September 18th, 1952, when visiting Laurentian Chapter, 
No. 151, Pembroke, the evening was highlighted by presentation of 
four— 25 year past Z's jewels as follows: 

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Ex. Companion J. D. L. Leitdl (191) a Charter memlxi 
Rt. Ex. Companion C. A. Bailey (1924) 

Ex. Companion L. H. Logan (1 92<>) 

Vy. Ex. Companion C. W. Eraser (1927-28) 

It was my privilege to assist Rt. Ex. Com p. E. T. Wood in this 
presentation. Ex. Companion A. M. Acheson (1920) was unable to 
be present to receive his jewel and at the request of Ex. Comp. 
Denzil Burns, 1st Principal, I had the honour of making this pre- 
sentation in Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, on October 9th, 1952. 

On Sunday morning at 11 a.m., September 28, 1952, with clear 
skies and fine weather, a large number of Companions attended 
Divine Service in St. Paul's United Church, Perth, Ont. This service 
was sponsored by Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226, and I feel the 
Companions of that Chapter should be congratulated on the splen- 
did attendance. 

The schedule of my visits of Inspection, follows: — 
Sept. 11— Granite Chapter, No. 61, Almonte 
Sept. 18— Laurentian Chapter, No. 151, Pembroke 
Oct. 3— St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill 
Oct. 6— Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior 
Oct. 15— Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa 
Oct. 16-Prince of Wales, Chapter No. 226, Perth 
Oct. 20— Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, Renfrew 
Oct. 24— Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, Maxville 
Nov. 5— Maple Chapter, No. 116, Carleton Place 
Nov. 24— St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls 
Nov. 27— Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa 

I was received most cordially as the Representative of the Most 
Ex. Z on every occasion and I had an opportunity to observe that 
the general deportment of the Officers and Companions was good 
and the ability on the part of the Officers to interpret the ritual 
left little to be desired. The "Work" on all occasions was impress- 
ively demonstrated. I would not attempt to praise any individual 
Chapter as I believe every Chapter in this district, in its own part- 
icular way is doing its part to uphold the dignity and decorum of 
our Order. 

The annual interchange of visits between Carleton Chapter, 
No. 16, Ottawa and Fairmont Chapter, Montreal, was held on May 
17th in Ottawa and October 18th in Montreal. I had the pleasure of 


being present on both occasions and wish to express my appreciation 
to the Officers and Members of Carleton Chapter for their kindness 
in giving me the opportunity of fraternizing with them on these 

On Wednesday, November 19th, 1952, Carleton Chapter, No. 
16 was host to the Ottawa District. This was the occasion of a visit 
to Ottawa by Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw, Grand 
Z. The degree of the Holy Royal Arch was conferred on twenty-two 
candidates in a most impressive ceremony the dignity of which was 
amplified by the Grand Z, participation therein. 

Very Ex. Comp. H. A. McCallum was the recipient on this oc- 
casion of a 25 year P.Z. Jewel, the presentation being made by the 
Grand Z. Vr. Ex. Comp. McCallum expressed his thanks to Carleton 
Chapter with well chosen words. Most Excellent Companion Brad- 
shaw, Grand Z was presented with Hon. Membership in Carle- 
ton Chapter. The presentation being ably made by Ex. Comp. Reg. 
Axcell. At the supper hour, The Grand Z delivered a most inspir- 
ing address which I believe will long remain in the memory of all 
who was privileged to hear it. Representatives of other Masonic 
bodies were guests at the banquet and were introduced by the Excel- 
lent Z. A large attendance of Past Grand Superintendents and other 
Grand Chapter officers were present on this occasion. 

My official visit to St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls, 
originally scheduled for Nov. 21st was postponed to Nov. 24th as 
the former date conflicted with an official visit of Rt. Wor. Brother 
Carpenter. I was happy to change the date which permitted Com- 
panion Carpenter not only to witness, but also take part in the 
exaltation of his two sons. 

I now come to that part of my report which probably will 
stand out forever as one of the greatest evenings of my Masonic life 
—The official visit as Grand Superintendent to my own Chapter 
(Ottawa No. 222) where my own Son and Companion as First Prin- 
cipal, received me on presentation as the Representative of The Most 
Excellent the Grand First Principal. This was a long to be re- 
membered evening. The Degree of M.E.M. was well done and the 
attendance very good. I was introduced by Very Excellent Com- 
panion A. H. McKee, P.G.J. S., in a manner typical of him. The 
Z's welcome was unexpected but well chosen for the occasion and 
greatly assisted my acceptance of the Sceptre. Rt. Ex. Comp. F. A. 

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McDiarmid and other Pasi Grand Chapter officers honoured the 
occasion with then presence. A ver) enjoyable suppei hour con- 
c luded a pel la l evening. 

The affairs of Kitchenei Chapter, No. 210, Russell, will, no 
doubt be dealt with l>\ the Special Committee on Membership in 

his report. 

On Friday, December 12, 1952, it was my privilege and plea- 
sure in company with my wife, to attend a banquet and reception 

tendered to Most Puissant Bro. Clarence McL. Pitts 33°, Sovereign 
(.rand Commander of Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand In- 
spectors General 33° by the Scottish Rite Masons of the Ottawa 
Valley. Our I.M. Past Grand Z, (as would be expected) received 
the honour due him in the manner typical of him and which we 
have come to know so well. 

For a matter of record I wish to report the institution of a new 
Chapter of R.A. Masons and while not directly concerned with the 
Grand Chapter of Canada is none the less connected with District 
No. 13, and particularly the City of Ottawa. I refer to the insti- 
tution on February 20th, 1953 of Coronation Chapter at Aylmer 
East, Quebec, under the jurisdiction of the Grand Chapter of 
Quebec. I was present on this occasion when Most Excellent Comp. 
C. Baird, Grand Z Grand Chapter of Quebec delivered the dis- 
pensation in person. With other companions from Ottawa our greet- 
ings were presented and the new chapter in our midst welcomed 
and wished every success. There is no doubt this new Chapter will 
afford frequent opportunity for Royal Arch Masons in Ottawa for 
additional interchange of visits. 

In conclusion I again extend my sincere thanks to one and all 
for the assistance given me by my Companions of the Ottawa Dist- 
rict during my term of office and to thank the Grand Scribe "E" 
for his assistance when necessary. I feel that while numerically the 
District did not go forward as much as the previous year, we have 
had a most successful term and although there are many things I 
had intended to do have been left undone and that Success is not 
attained by good intentions but by deeds, I hope my successor in 
office will have the same measure of co-operation and that thereby 
this District may continue its progress for the good of Capitular 
Masonry in this Jurisdiction. 



Rt. Ex. Comp. A. E. MacLean, 

I would like to express my appreciation to the several Chapters 
of District, No. 14, for the honour conferred upon me by electing 
me to the office of Grand Superintendent, and to the Most Excellent 
The Grand First Principal for confirming my election. 

My first duty and a pleasant one was to appoint Rt. Ex. Comp. 
William Hirst of Atwood Chapter, No. 149, as District Secretary 
who very ably assisted me, and accompanied me on all my visits. 
My thanks to him for his understanding, co-operation, and efficient 
performance of his duty. 

Although there are only six Chapters in this District it was 
necessary for me to travel about two thousand miles in order to visit 
each one separately. For a number of years there have been Joint 
Meetings in several Chapters on the occasion of the Official Visit of 
the Grand Superintendent, and it was my feeling that a visit to 
each Chapter would be greatly appreciated. This I found to be very 
true. One Chapter Golden Star, No. 254 of Dryden, Ontario, was 
especially appreciative, as they had never had an official visit there, 
but had always a joint Convocation with Golden Chapter in Kenora, 

On each and every Visit I was received graciously, courteously 
and correctly with the dignity befitting the representative of the 
Most Excellent The Grand First Principal. In every Chapter, De- 
gree's were conferred with the exception of Fort William Chapter, 
and found the Officers in each instance very proficient in their 
work. I would also like to commend the Scribe E's in every Chapter 
for the proficient manner in which their records are kept. Each 
Chapter is progressing very favorable in obtaining new members, 
with a very special commendation to Golden Star Chapter in Dry- 
den for the extra they put forth in this regard. They are doing an 
excellent job, and never have I witnessed more sincere enthusiasm 
than every member there has. 

I had the honor of being guest speaker at Shuniah Chapter on 
the occasion of their 75th Anniversary, and we had a grand Con- 
vvocation there, and certainly no effort was spared either by them 
or the Fort William Chapter to make my visit with them a very 
pleasant one. 


I am glad to report Golden Chapter in Kenora is coming along 

fine in respect to their new Temple which should be completed in 
the near future. While there I had the honour of presenting a 50 
year Medal to one of the Companions. 

On January 17th, 1953, Alberton Chapter in Fort Frances put 
on a Field Day, and while I was not able to be present all day, I 
did attend the Royal Arch Degree in the evening with a very en- 
joyable get together afterwards. It is interesting to note that some 
of those in attendance came from as far as 150 miles to receive their 

All in all it is my opinion that Royal Arch Masonry is due to 
increase considerably in this District in the years immediately 
ahead. We are especially grateful in my mother Chapter Atwood, 
No. 149 of Rainy River to Grand Chapter and all those concerned in 
giving us the Banner, etc. for putting the Royal Arch Degree. It 
has meant an upsurge in interest in Royal Arch Masonry here, and 
we have benefitted greatly by an increase in membership, which 
will be increased further in the year ahead. 

The schedule of my Official Visits was arranged as follows: 

May 15— Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy River, Ont. 

Sept. 15— Golden Star Chapter, No. 254, Dryden, Ontario. 

Nov. 17-Fort William Chapter, No. 140, Fort William Ont. 

Nov. 19— Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur, Ontario 

Jan. 17— Alberton Chapter, No. 152, Fort Frances, Ont. 

Jan. 28-Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora, Ont. 

It is my sincere hope that the companions throughout this 
District will feel that I have discharged my duties as their Grand 
Superintendent in a capable manner. I shall never forget the 
friendships I have made, and my only regret is that I could meet 
with them oftener. I sincerely hope that my visits with them has 
meant as much to them as it has to me, if so we have both benefited 
greatly through our association during the last year. 


R. Ex. Comp. Ernest T. Querney, 

It is with pleasure I submit my report on Capitular Masonry 
in New Ontario District, No. 15, but first I would like to express 
my thanks to all the Companions of this district in electing me to the 


high office of Grand Supt. and to Most Excellent Com p. Alexander 
G. X. Bradshaw for his confirmation of same. 

The first duty I performed was to appoint Ex. Comp. Howard 
Bain as my secretary and he proved of great assistance to me in 
my duties. 

On September 23rd, my Mother Chapter held a P.Z's. night 
and the presiding First Principal asked me to accept the office of Z 
for that evening and the H.R.A. degree was exemplified. 

My first official visit was to Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault 
Ste. Marie, on October 3rd. I was received in a manner becoming 
the representative of the First Grand Principal Most Ex. Comp. 
Alexander Bradshaw. The warmth and fellowship shown me speaks 
well of the regard held by these Companions of Grand Chapter and 
its officers. The Royal Arch degree was exemplified in a dignified 
and impressive manner by all the officers. 

The next official visit was to my Mother Chapter, Tuscan, No. 
95, on October 14th, where I was received with warmth and enthus- 
iasm, and welcomed with the dignity that should be accorded the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal representative. The work 
of the evening was the M.E.M. degree and was conducted in ample 

On November 6th, I paid my official visit to St. Johns Chapter, 
No. 103, North Bay. On this visit I was accompanied by 29 Com- 
panions of Tuscan Chapter. Again the reception of the Grand First 
Principal representative was one of dignity, warmth and sincerity. 

During the convocation, Rt. Ex. Comp. Harold Shannon, 
Grand Registrar was received with Grand Honours and added to 
the enjoyment of the evening. 

The Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred under the able 
direction of Rt. Ex. Comp. James Maroosis (who took over Z's 
chair due to the illness of the presiding First Principal J. Haley) 
and was exemplified in a very impressive manner. 

The happiest event during my stewardship as Grand Supt. 
happened on December 11th, when I journeyed to Espanola to 
present Espanola Chapter their Warrant of Dispensation. On this 
occasion 22 Companions of Tuscan accompanied me. The Chapter 
was opened by the officers of Tuscan Chapter at 8 p.m. and I was 
received immediately after in proper form. After assuming the 

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Sceptre, the three acting Principals were called to the east and 
were placed in their respective chairs l>\ Rt. Ex. Corap. Harry 
Stephenson. I he Warrant was then presented to Com]). 1). Spence, 
acting liist Principal and charged with the duties of preserving and 
observing our land marks. I was assisted then by Rt. Ex. Comp. 
H. Stephenson and Rt. Ex. ( lomp. ( ilaude Decks in pla< ing the Othei 
officen in their respective chairs with Rt. Kx. Comp. George Shute 
acting as Director of Ceremonies. Dining the refreshment hour, I 
addressed the Companions on their responsibilities to Capitular 
Masonry — Grand Chapter and their own officers and chapter. 

My last offiical visit was made on February 19th to Espanola 
Chapter, U.D., on this occasion 27 Companions of Tuscan Chapter 
accompanied me. I was received with warmth and in proper manner 
and the acting First Principal's address of welcome was one of high 
regard for the Most Excellent First Grand Principal and his 

The Royal Arch degree w r as exemplified in a dignified and 
impressive ceremony and all those participating were letter perfect 
in their work and the delivery of the lectures were on the highest 

The paraphanalia of the Chapter is in excellent condition— 
all of course being new and is complete in every detail. I have no 
hesitancy in recommending the granting of a Charter. 

I visited Ex. Comp. Tongue of Pembroke Chapter on February 
26th, but conditions here still seem hopeless to reviving this Chapter. 
There are only two resident members left and only a total of twelve 
(all life members.) 

In closing I would like to express my great appreciation and 
thanks to Rt. Ex. Companion Fred Johnson, Grand Scribe E for 
his guidance and advice. 

My term of office will always be cherished as one of my happiest 
years, and am happy to report that Capitular Masonry in this district 
is in a very sound and healthy condition. 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Parker Faler, 

In presenting my report may I first express my sincere thanks 
and appreciation for the honors conferred on Abitibi Chapter and 


myself by the Ex. Comps. of Temiskaming District, No. 16, in elect- 
ing me to the office of Grand Snpt. also to the Grand First Principle 
Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw for his confirmation of my 

It was with a great deal of pleasure that I appointed V. Ex. 
Comp. Frank Bean as District Secretary, he accompanied me on 
every official visit and was a great help to me. 

My first pleasant duty was to meet Most Ex. Comp. Bradshaw 
and Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Johnson, Grand Scribe E. at the Empire 
Hotel in Timmins on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 2 p.m. 

In the evening the Northern Lights and Abitibi Chapters joint- 
ly received the Most Ex. Comp. Bradshaw. Later on at a banquet 
he gave us a wonderful lecture on the Church and Masonry. 

Wednesday, September 24th, he was escorted through Aunor 
Mines and was told how we mined gold. Then we motored to Iro- 
quois Falls and were entertained at a banquet at the Iroquois Falls 
Shrine Club where he gave us another wonderful lecture on Holy 
Royal Arch Masonry and the Church. The rest of the entertain- 
ment was music and readings. 

Thursday morning the 25th we were taken through the Abitibi 
Power and Paper Mill here by Worshipful Master N. C. Cowie, 
assistant mill manager. We had dinner and then left for New Lisk- 
eard where we had a joint meeting with Temiskaming, Cobalt and 
Kirkland Lake Chapters, at New Liskeard where the most Ex. Comp. 
Bradshaw gave us another wonderful lecture on the part the Royal 
Arch Mason should take in his Church. He should be in his pew 
every Sunday and should take an active part in the affairs of his 
Church. Masonry is not to take the place of religion. 

The schedule of my visits of inspection was arranged as follows: 

Oct. 9— Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, New Liskeard. 
Oct. 25-Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt. 
Nov. 19— Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins. 
Nov. 26-Kirkland Lake Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake 
Dec. 12— Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls. 

I was received most cordially on all my official visits, there was 
a warmth and depth of feeling displayed and an expression of loy- 
alty to Grand Chapter which made my visits very pleasant. 

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On my official visits I witnessed all 8 degrees conferred and 

the very effective and serious manner in which the woik was given 
as well as received by the candidates is worth} oi commendation. 
All the Chapters are in a very satisfactory condition financially and 
are continuing to prosper in membership. 

My year has been an Interesting one for me and I would like to 
thank the Officers and Companions for their very kind co-operation. 
I would also like to thank all those who accompanied me on my 

To my successor I extend my congratulations and assure him 
my wholehearted support in his high office. 


R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Meek, 

I have the honour to submit herewith my report on the activit- 
ies of Royal Arch Masonry in your most remote district for the year 
1952. My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. Dr. G. A. C. Gunton 
as District Secretary. 

I am very sorry to report that Klondike Chapter, No. 154, 
Dawson, Y.T., was unable to carry on owing to a decreasing popu- 
lation and a diminishing lodge. Klondike Chapter has an interest- 
ing history. Receiving its' Warrant in 1907, it was a popular and 
wealthy institution in this, one of the worlds' richest mining camps. 
During the last war, the exodus of young men and the shift in popu- 
lation to the southern section of the Yukon was a blow from which 
the city never recovered. There is no hope of a revival of Klondike 
Chapter, and the Warrant is being surrendered. 

I made my official visit to Yukon Chapter, Whitehorse, Y.T., 
on November 5th accompanied by Ex. Comp. G. A. C. Gunton. 
We were received and welcomed by Ex. Comp. J. Greer. Two 
M.M.M. degrees were conferred in a dignified manner by the regular 
officers. Yukon Chapter is active, with ample work to keep them 

On September 10th Yukon Chapter acted as host to Aahmes 
Temple, A. A. O.N. M.S., Oakland, Cal., when about 50 of their mem- 
bers visited Whitehorse. A month or two later a beautiful redwood 
gavel was received by the Chapter as a token of their appreciation. 


Ex. Comp. H. W, Hadland, after a years labour, completed a 
real work of art in the form of a symbolic sceptre, to be used in the 
ceremonies of the R.A. degree. The sceptre is replete with Craft 
and Capitular symbols, topped with a hand-carved lion couchant 
under an arch which has an exquisitely fashioned crown above its' 

Whitehorse is a garrison town. I believe a relaxing of the resi- 
dential qualifications for servicemen would allow some of these 
splendid Freemasons to gain an admission into Royal Arch Masonry 
much sooner than at present, and they would not be penalized by 
their short stay. The Grand Lodge of B.C. under which lodges in 
the Yukon bear allegiance, state in Article 225 of their Constitution, 
that members of Her Majesties Naval, Military and Air Forces, on 
active service may petition a lodge if they have resided within the 
jurisdiction for three consecutive months prior to their petition. I 
would suggest similar treatment be granted in the case of Royal 
Arch petitions. 

I wish to express my appreciation to the Most Excellent, the 
Grand First Principal, for appointing me to this high office, which 
in the Yukon is held for three years. 


R. Ex. Comp. John Ashton Lillie St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Clayton Wilson London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. William J. Ratz Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur William Gillespie Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Melville George Beatty Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Carroll Eskert Griffin Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank David Lacey Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. William Allison McKague Toronto West District No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry Elwood McCullough Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Eric William Edmondson Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Winston Currie Hicks Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. James Arnold Payton St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Henry Thomas Cuthbert Humphries Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Angus Everett MacLean Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest T. Querney New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. Parker Faler Temiskaming District No. 16 

M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, expressed his thanks to the Grand Superin- 
tendents and stated he was well pleased with each of his Official District 




R. Worshipful Brother and Companion Joseph A. Hearn of 
Toronto, Ontario, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, 
A.F. & A.M. of Canada, in the Province of Ontario, expressed his 
appreciation for the kind and gracious welcome extended to him 
by Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, also the pleasure it gave 
him to bring the greeting from the Grand Master Nelson C. Hart 
and Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, he spoke 
of the preparation for the Centennial Celebration of Grand Lodge, 
and he remarked that our Grand Chapter would likewise have its 
100th Anniversary to consider. He congratulated the Grand Z and 
Grand Chapter on the large attendance of visiting delegates from 
Sister Jurisdictions and the splendid assembly of Royal Arch Com- 
panions, and wished for the incoming officers success and prosperity 
in the year ahead. 

Grand Chapter was called from Labour at 12.45 p.m. 

Grand Chapter called on at 2.15 p.m. 


Most Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, obligated the Scrutineers 
as to faithfully performing the duties of their office. 



To the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Most Excellfnt Sir and Companions: 

I submit herewith statement of Receipts and Disbursements for 
the period March 1, 1952-February 28, 1953: 


Balance-February 29, 1952 $ 13,221.48 

Received from Grand Scribe E 20,876.91 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 8.50 

Bank Interest 21.85 $34,128.74 


Grand Scribe E $ 3,600.00 

Assistant 1,812.50 

Rent 1,380.00 

Miscellaneous 736.99 


Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 


Proceedings 2,045.27 

General 265.29 



Grand Z 1,500.00 

General 422.67 



Grand Convocation 3,236.59 

Grand Executive 810.10 


Jewels, Medals and Engraving 535.39 

Sundry, Illuminated Address to Her Majesty the Queen 125.00 

Supplies for Re-Sale 2,728.00 

Education and Instruction 122.38 

Masonic Library 125.00 

Conference Canadian Grand Chapters 628.74 

Transfer to Centennial Year Fund 250.00 

Transfer to Chapters' Life Membership Fund 2.34 

Grand Z. Regalia 23.60 

BALANCE-As at February 28, 1953 13,078.88 





Balance - February 29, 1952 $ 1,074.12 

Received from Grand Scribe E 1,965.99 

Investment* Matured: 

Crown rrusl k Guarantee 2%%, March 31, 1952... 20,000.00 

Crown TniM .v (.uarantee 2y 4 %, Dec. 31, 1952 6,500.00 

Bank Interest 17.68 


Benevolent Grants $ 1,300.00 

Inspection 50.00 

Investments Purchased: 
$9000 Province of Ontario 3%, April 15, 1965, @ 

91i4 8,212.50 

Accrued Interest 124.27 

$3000 Province of Ontario 3%, Nov. 1, 1966, @ 91 2,730.00 

Accrued Interest 37.23 

$8000 Province of Ontario 3%, Oct. 15, 1977, @ 88. 7,040.00 

Accrued Interest 110.47 

$2000 Hydro-Electric Power Comm. of Ontario 
3%, June 15, 1973 (Guaranteed by Province of 

Ontario) @ 88 1,760.00 

Accrued Interest 17.59 

$6500 Hydro-Electric Power Comm. of Ontario 
4i4%, Nov. 1, 1967 (Guaranteed by Province 

of Ontario) @ 100i/ 2 6,532.50 

Accrued Interest 56.90 

BALANCE - as at February 28, 1953 1,586.33 



Balance - February 29, 1952 $ 752.38 

Transferred from General Fund 250.00 

Bank Interest 3.45 





BALANCE - as at February 28, 1953 $1,005.83 

BANK BALANCE $1,005.83 




Balance - February 29, 1952 $ 196.68 

Received from Grand Scribe E 1,480.88 

Bank Interest 5.17 


Balance - February 28, 1953 $1,682.73 



Balance - February 29, 1952 $ 91.85 

Transferred from General Fund 2.34 

Bank Interest .43 



Transferred to General Fund $ 8.50 

BALANCE - as at February 28, 1953 86.12 



Examined and Verified FRED W. DEAN, 

F. A. R. MacFADDEN, C.A. Grand Treasurer 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, and— 

Resolved,— That the Statement of the Grand Treasurer for the year 1952 be 
received and adopted. 

\wr\i ion, TORONTO, 1953 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

I present herewith the Annual Report of Cash Receipts and 
Ledger Balances for the fiscal year ending February 28th, 1953. 


March 1st, 1952, to February 28th, 1953. 

No. Name of Chapter Amount 

1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui $ 209.63 

2. The Hiram 154.50 

3. St. John's, London 141.78 

4. St. Andrew and St. John 159.05 

5. St. George's 218.26 

6. St. John's, Hamilton 111.37 

7. The Moira 220.01 

8. King Solomon's 230.40 

15. Wawanosh 147.50 

16. Carleton 422.51 

18. Oxford 157.88 

19. Mount Moriah 249.17 

20. Mount Horeb 109.00 

22. Grenville 81.88 

23. Ezra 115.76 

24. Tecumseh 194.51 

26. St. Mark's 88.01 

27. Manitou 121.88 

28. Pentalpha 192.17 

29. McCallum 92.85 

30. Huron 121.38 

31. Prince Edward 182.01 

32. Waterloo 128.50 

34. Signet 86.50 

35. Keystone 97.65 

36. Corinthian 254.88 

37. Victoria 100.85 

40. Guelph 206.50 

41. Harris 87.13 

44. Mount Sinai 118.12 

45. Excelsior 52.13 

46. St. James 59.13 

47. Wellington 150.13 

Debt. Credit 
Balance Balance 














No. Name of Chapter Amount Debt. Credit 

Balance Balance 

48. St. John's Cobourg 76.25 2.63 

53. Bruce 67.76 2.50 

54. Palestine 213.63 .38 

55. Niagara 48.75 .37 

56. Georgian 66.58 

57. King Hiram 67.38 

58. Pembroke (No transactions) 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence 268.38 

61. Granite 90.38 

62. York 93.13 

63. Havelock 79.26 

64. Willson 126.38 53.75 

65. St. Paul's 83.82 

66. The Malloch 72.51 11.75 

67. Enterprise 84.83 3.45 

68. Maitland 67.00 .37 

69. Grimsby 53.63 

71. Prince of Wales 111.75 2.00 

72. Keystone 65.13 

73. Erie 86.01 

74. Beaver 113.88 

75. St. Clair 65.38 30.13 

76. Mount Nebo 44.50 .10 

77. Occident 298.15 

78. Minnewawa 63.76 3.00 

79. Orient 77.08 .08 

80. Ark 222.46 108.21 

81. Aylmer 103.38 .50 

82. Shuniah 209.38 1.38 

83. Ionic 90.91 .14 

84. Lebanon 79.25 

88.. MacNabb 88.50 

90. Golden 162.88 

91. Toronto-Antiquity 160.51 

94. Midland 104.58 

95. Tuscan 231.62 

102. Algonquin 184.50 

103. St. John's, North Bay 96.38 

104. White Oak 97.28 .25 

110. Warkworth 65.01 

112. St. John's, Morrisburg 100.26 4.62 

113. Covenant 233.13 

114. Bonnechere 59.50 2.50 

115. Brant 98.51 

116. Maple 91.76 

117. Kitchener 193.88 

119. King Cyrus 103.02 

129. Elliott 70.38 1.88 

130. Chantry 44.50 

131. Amabel 78.75 

132. Leeds 89.51 

133. St. Francis 173.75 1.00 

134. King Darius 51.37 18.75 


No. Name of Chapter Amount Debt. Credit 

Balance Balance 

135. Succoth 64.13 .38 

138. Shekinah 153.53 2.13 

140. Fort William 139.25 

143. Glengarry 43.43 4.75 

144. Presqu'Ile 55.98 7.10 

145. The St. Patrick. 249.92 

146. Bernard 110.03 3.63 

147. Lucknow 87.63 

148. St. John's, Vankleek Hill 89.63 .37 

149. Atwood 38.62 

150. London 114.13 

151. Laurentian 120.40 

152. Alberton 124.13 .75 

153. Sombra 103.51 

154. Klondike 25.01 13.00 

155. Ancaster 67.13 27.00 

161. Madoc 115.76 .51 

163. The Beaches 109.96 

164. Lome 74.13 1.62 

167. Kichikewana 144.03 1.00 

168. Ionic 100.63 

169. Temiskaming 79.51 

175. The Hamilton 115.13 

184. Hugh Murray 80.50 2.50 

195. Peel 111.25 

198. Couchiching 171.76 4.50 

203. Cobalt 113.63 

205. Victoria 58.88 

210. Kitchener 24.75 74.25 

212. Mount Sinai 247.25 

213. Northern Lights 84.73 .75 

214. Vimy 78.51 .38 

215. Mimico 83.56 .38 

217. St. Albans 107.98 

218. Prince Edward 52.51 1.00 

219. Ulster 59.25 

220. Lebanon 114.03 

221. Durham 41.51 8.50 

222. Ottawa 255.63 

223. Abitibi 59.76 2.62 

224. Keystone 91.83 

225. Beaver 100.43 

226. Prince of Wales 135.70 

*27. Quinte Friendship 157.37 

230. Port Credit 94.38 

231. The St. Clair 211.00 .50 

232. King Cyrus 105.12 7.00 

233. Oakwood 87.13 2.63 

234. Halton 122.16 126.66 

235. Aurora 84.10 

236. Caledonia 49.00 

238. The St. Andrew 129.25 3.00 

239. Blenheim 97.50 4.50 

240. Smithville 46.38 




Mame of Chapter 

241. University 

242. St. Paul's 

243. McKay 

245. Preston 

246. Huraber 

247. Nilestown 

248. Dochert 

249. Palestine 

250. Thomas Peters 

251. Kirkland 

252. Hiawatha 

253. Regal 100.13 

254. Golden Star 118.13 

255. Tillsonburg 75.00 

256. Yukon 76.88 

U.D. Espanola 56.65 

Grand Chapter of Alberta 100.00 

Grand Chapter of B.C 153.25 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 99.00 

Grand Chapter of Sask 200.00 

Grand Chapter of Que 100.00 

Grand Chapter of N.B 23.45 

Grand Chapter of N.S. 3.00 

Sundries 2.50 


Convocation Receipts 396.50 

Travelling Expenses Refund 22.75 

Interest on Investments 1,905.00 

Bank Interest 21.85 


Life Member Debit Balance outstanding 

Chapters 20, $3.37 = 168, $5.75 = 252, $10.00 































$727.06 $77.97 



For the Year Ending February 28, 1953 

Credits to Chapters' Accounts: 

Receipts from Chapters $ 19,054.70 

Receipt from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 8.50 


Interest Received from Investments 1,905.00 

Innterest Received on Hank. Deposits 21.85 

Received from Convocation 396.50 

Refund of Travelling Expense 22.75 


Amount Transferred to Crand Treasurer 20,907.56 

Cash in Transit 501.74 


Examined and Verified 
F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A 

To the Scribe E's of the Constituent Chapters, once again 
please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation for your loyal 
assistance during the past year. It has been a pleasure to work with 
you, and you must be a tower of strength in your respective Chap- 
ters. Ninety-five per cent of the Chapters were on time with their 
Reports, for which I am very grateful, the other five per cent 
delay the preparation of the Annual Reports, in consequence this 
makes a real hold-up of our printed matter, and Audit procedure. 
To those of you who are new to office, I want you to know that 
every assistance will be given, if you will write or contact Grand 
Chapter Office 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Grand Scribe E. for the year 1952 be 
received and adopted. 



Most Excellent Companion, Alexander George Noel Bradshaw, 

Grand First Principal, Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons 

of Canada, Temple Building, Toronto, Ontario. 

April 11, 1953. 
Most Excellent Sir: 

I present herewith my ninth annual report of the financial 
affairs of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada for 
its fiscal year ended February 28, 1953, consisting of the following 
statements and my comments thereon: 

Exhibit "A"-Balance Sheet as at February 28, 1953. 

Exhibit "B"— Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account 
for the year ended February 28, 1953. 

Schedule "1"— The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund as 
at February 28, 1953. 

Schedule "2"— The Life Membership Fund— Grand Chapter as at 
February 28, 1953. 

Schedule "3"-Centennial Fund as at February 28, 1953. 

Schedule "4"— The Chapters' Life Membership Fund as at 
February 28, 1953. 


The Petty Cash Fund was counted at the time of each of my 
interim examinations during the fiscal year ended February 28, 
1953, and again on April 4, 1953 and found, on each occasion, to 
be in order. The cash in transit was deposited in the general bank 
account prior to the date of my final examination. The bank 
balances of the several accounts set out in Exhibit "A" and Schedules 
1, 2, 3 and 4, were verified by the certificate of your bankers as at 
February 28, 1953 and all the transactions therein during the fiscal 
year then ended were examined. 

The Accounts Receivable from the constituent Chapters have 
been examined in detail and in my opinion the balances shown in 


total in Exhibit "A", are proper (barges and from the information 
presently available should prove collectible in due course. 

The investments of the several Funds, as set out in Exhibit 
"A" and Schedules 1 and 2, were examined on April 8, 1953, in 
the presence of the Grand First Principal and the Grand Scribe E, 
and found to be as stated in the statements already referred to 
herein. They continue to be held in the place and custody author- 
ized by the Grand Chapter. 

Operations for the fiscal year ended February 28, 1953, as 
shown by the books of account of the Grand Scribe E, and the 
budget for that fiscal year, as approved by the Grand Chapter, 
are set out in comparative form in Exhibit "B". 

As in preceding years, I have made interm examinations of the 
books of account of the Grand Scribe E and of the Grand Treasurer 
and have examined all returns of the constituent Chapters. I have 
obtained all the information and explanations which I have requir- 
ed. My examinaton included a general review of the accounting 
procedures and such tests of accounting records and other support- 
ing evidence as I have considered necessary under the circumstances. 

In my opinion, the attached Balance Sheet and related state- 
ments are properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct 
view of the state of the affairs of the Grand Chapter as at February 
28, 1953, and the result of operations for the year then ended ac- 
cording to the best of my information and the explanations given 
to me and as shown by the books of the Grand Chapter. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A., 





Current Assets: 

Petty Cash Fund $ 4.62 

Cash in Transit 501.74 

Cash in Bank 12,659.93 $13,166.29 

Undipped Bond Coupons 60.00 

Accounts Receivable 

Chapters 649.09 

Less: Reserve for Uncollected Accounts 
139.75 509.34 

Due from Life Membership Fund- 
Grand Chapter 5,203.25 

Accrued Interest on Investments 540.00 


Dominion of Canada-3%-1960 56,000.00 

Dominion of Canada-3%— 1963 3,000.00 

Dominion of Canada-3%-1966 2,500.00 

Province of Ontario— 3%-1977 4,000.00 

Less: Unamortized Discount 56.26 

Furniture and Fixtures 580.38 

Less: Reserve for Depreciation 492.72 

Grand Chapter — Library 

Grand Council — Regalia 

Special Funds: 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

(Schedule "1") 58,380.98 

The Life Membership Fund— Grand Chapter 

(Schedule "2") 26,733.60 

The Centennial Fund (Schedule "3") 1,005.83 

The Chapter s' Life Membership Fund 

(Schedule "4") 86.12 







Current Liabilities: 

Accounts Payable 

Unexpended Reserves 

$ 70.61 


$ 995.93 


Reserve foi Special Funds 

General Reserve: 

Balance— March l, 1952 

Add-Net Revenue (Exhibit "B") 



Revenue Actual I 

Fees $ 3,200.00 

Dues - Per Capita 13,000.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,700.00 

Dispensations 150.00 

Interest on Investments 1,965.00 $ 1,969.16 

Interest on Bank Deposits .... 21.85 

Total Revenue 21,015.00 

Total Expenditure 20,263.00 

Net Revenue 752.00 

N i<>. 1953 








evenue Over 

# or Under 

> 3,192.00 

$ 8.00 


# 210.40 




# 36.00 

# 4.16 


# 21.85 


# 254.66 






Estimated Balance 

Expenditure Actual Expenditure Over # or 

Grand Scribe E: 

Compensation $ 3,600.00 $3,600.00 

Office Assistant 1,800.00 1,835.00 # 35.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 846.69 153.31 

Rent 1,380.00 1,380.00 

7,780.00 $7,661.69 

Foreign Correspondence- 
Reviewer 300.00 300.00 

Audit 400.00 400.00 

Printing - Proceedings 2,500.00 2,045.27 454.73 

- General 1,000.00 282.34 717.66 



Travelling Expenses: 

Grand Z 1,500.00 

General 500.00 


Expenses — Convocation 3,100.00 

—Executive Committee 1,000.00 
—Education and 

Innstruction 500.00 






# 78.30 




Jewels and Engraving 600.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 

Canadian Grand Chapters' 

Meeting 650.00 

Centennial Fund 250.00 

Provision for Depreciation 58.00 

Illuminated Address to the 


Supplies Purchased for Resale 























Income Capital Total 

Balance-March 1, 1952 $1,230.27 $56,542.61 $57,772.88 

Add-Bond Interest $1,823.90 

— Bank Interest 17.68 

— Amortization of Bond 

Discount 145.18 

Less — Amortization of Bond 

Premium 28.66 1,958.10 1,958.10 

3,188.37 56,542.61 59,730.98 
Deduct — Benevolence— Grants 1,300.00 

-Inspection 50.00 1,350.00 1,350.00 

Balance - February 28, 1953 1,838.37 56,542.61 58,380.98 


Cash in Bank 1,586.33 

Accrued Interest on Investments 716.33 2,302.66 


Dominion of Canada-3%-1966 16,700.00 

Province of Ontario— 3%-1965 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario-3%-1966 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3%-1969 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario-3%-1977 8,000.00 


Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario— 

4y£%-1967 6,500.00 

Hydro 1 lit «ti U Power Commission of Ontario— 

5%-1969 5,000.00 

Hydro-Electri< Power Commission of Ontario— 

3%-1973 2,000.00 


Deduct — Unamortized Disount on 

Investments 3,518.26 

Less — Unamortized Premium on 

Investments 396.58 3.121.68 56,078.32 



Balance - March 1, 1952 $ 27,918.68 

Add-Interest on Investments $ 900.00 

—Bank Interest 5.17 

—Commutations Issued 600.00 


Deduct — 1952 Life Membership Dues 2,690.25 

Balance-February 28, 1953 26,733.60 



Cash in Transit 10.00 

Cash in Bank 1,682.73 

Due from Chapters 19.12 

Accrued Interest on Investments 225.00 


Dominion of Canada-3%-1960 30,000.00 31,936.85 


Due to General Fund 5,203.25 



Balance-March 1, 1952 $ 752.38 

Add-Bank Interest $ 3.45 


Annual Provision from General Fund 250.00 253.45 

Balance-February 28, 1953 T005.83 

Cash in Bank 1,005.83 


Balance-March 1, 1952 $ 91.85 

Add-Bank Interest $ .43 

—Transfer from General Fund (Adjusting Interest 

earned by Fund to 3%) 2.34 _ 2.77 

Deduct— 1952 Chapter Dues Transferred to General 

Fund and Credited to the Chapters' Accounts 8.50 

Balance-February 28, 1953 8(U2 


Cash in Bank 86.12 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

Your Committee on Printing submit the following analysis of 
expenditures for the year ending February 28th, 1953: 

Proceedings and Postage $ 2,045.27 

General Printing 265.29 


We respectfully request that the following amounts be placed at the dis- 
posal of the Committee. 

Proceedings $ 2,100.00 

General Printing 500.00 

Printing of "Work" for re-sale 1,600.00 


All of which is respectfully submitted, 



It was moved by Rt. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girvin, and— 

R eso Ived— That the report of the Committee on Printing for the year be 
received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the ('Kind /., Officers and Members of the 
(.rand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your Committee on Investments reports the following:— 



Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 1 

and December 1, due June 1, 1960 (Fully Registered) $ 56,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, April 1 

and October 1, due October 1, 1963 (Fully Registered) 3,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1, due September 1, 1966 (Fully Registered) 2,500.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, April 15th 

and October 15th due October 15th, 1977 4,000.00 



Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 1 

and December 1, due June 1, 1960 (Fully Registered) 30,000.00 


* During the year 1952, $20,000.00 Crown Trust Guarantee Bond 
matured and was reinvested. In December 1952, the S6.500.00 Crown 
Trust and Guarantee Debenture matured and this amount was re- 
invested by the purchase of $6,500.00 Hydro-Electric Power Com- 
mission 4|4% bonds, due 1964-1967 at a cost of 100i/£ plus interest. 
Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1, due September 1, 1966 200.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1, due Sept. 1, 1966 (Fully Registered) 10,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1, due September 1, 1966, Callable Sept. 1, 1961 

(Fully Registered) 4,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1, due September 1, 1966 2,500.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, May 1 and Nov. 

1, due November 1st, 1965 9,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Commission Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, 

May 1 and Nov. 1, due Nov. 1, 1969 5,000.00 

•Province of Ontario, 3%, April 15, 1965 9,000.00 

•Province of Ontario, 3%, November 1, 1966 3,000.00 

•Province of Ontario, 3%, October 15, 1977 8,000.00 

•Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario 3%, June 15, 1973 

(Guaranteed by Province of Ontario) 2,000.00 


•Hydro- Electric Power Commission of Ontario, 4i4%, November 1, 

1967. (Guaranteed bv Province of Ontario) 6,500.00 



Several visits were made by your chairman to the office of the 
Grand Scribe E; also an exchange of letters and phone calls to M. 
Ex. Comp. Fred Dean. 

The advice and assistance extended by the Grand Scribe E. 
and M. Ex. Comp. Fred Dean are sincerely appreciated and grate- 
fully acknowledged. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 



It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
V. Ex. Comp. M. S. Gooderham, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on Investments for the year 
be received and adopted. 

ANNUAL CONVCM \li<>\. rORONTO, L9 115 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions,— 

The Executive Committee, through your Committee on War- 
ranty consisting of R. Ex. Comp. B. F. Nott (chairman), R. Ex. 
Comps. J. A. Lillie, J. C. Wilson and W. J. Ratz beg to report as 

It is with a sense of pleasure we note the services of your Com- 
mittee have been requisitioned this past year by Companions resi- 
dent in the northern portion of our jurisdiction. 

An application for a Warrant for Espanola Chapter, U.D., in- 
stituted on December 11th, 1952, by R. Ex. Comp. E. T. Querney, 
Grand Superintendent of New Ontario District, No. 15, in company 
with R. Ex. Comps. Harry M. Stephenson, Claude Deeks, George 
Shute and Ex. Comp. Bob Merrilees, Excellent First Principal of 
Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury, his officers and twenty-four (24) 
of his Companions, has been received and is in order. We have ex- 
amined the petition, books and records, we find they started their 
Chapter with twenty-six (26) members and are pleased to 

1. That a Warrant be issued to Espanola Chapter, Espanola, 
Ontario, to be numbered 257 on the Register of the Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada and to be placed in New Ontario 
District, No. 15. 

2. We would recommend to this Chapter that, in recording 
the minutes, the Scribe E. should leave a substantial margin in 
which topical notes may be entered: also he should space the section- 
al items on the agenda and commence the minutes of each meeting 
on a new page. 

3. Your Committee also suggests to the new Chapter that 
copies of the Chapter summonses should be kept in bound form in 


order that their contents could be preserved, not only as records 
but also for interesting information and future reference. 

4. Your Committee would also suggest they appoint a well- 
qualified Companion to record the history of the Chapter each year, 
such record to be appended to the Chapter minutes. This practice 

we consider commendable and we would be pleased to find it made 
universal. Might we suggest a step further in this direction and 
recommend that an extra copy be preserved in your safety-box or 
other vault coverage. 

5. For further record insurance, we recommend that the Chap- 
ter procure two photographs of the original Charter and deposit 
one of each in separate safety vaults in order that a record of the 
original warrant with original signatures could be preserved for 
posterity in the event that one of them became destroyed. 

Personally, as Chairman of this important Committee, it is 
particularly pleasing— and a coincidence as well— that the extension 
of the aims and objects of Capitular Masonry have emanated from 
my own District, New Ontario, No. 15, and I am sure that it is the 
wish of this Committee and our Grand Chapter as well that we com- 
mend them for their well-kept books and excellent records and ex- 
tend to their officers and members our very best wishes for a happy, 
prosperous and successful future. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

B. F. Nott, Chairman. 

It was moved by Rt. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. B. F. Nott, and— 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on Warrants be received and 

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To the Most Excellent the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 
(.rand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

Your Committee wishes, first, to call your attention to an in- 
crease of approximately six per cent in the average attendance at 
our Chapter meetings in 1952, the major annual portion of nearly 
fifteen percent increase in the last three years. We feel that this 
substantial increase in attendance should be very encouraging to 
Grand Chapter, since our admissions were approximately the same 
as in 1951 at 1051 for 1952 and 1047 in 1951, and our increase in 
membership of 336 as compared to 309 in 1951, was accomplished 
only because we had 39 fewer deaths this year than last. The increase 
in attendance at our meetings is much more substantial than our 
increase in membership, a very desirable trend. We feel that 
Grand Chapter has just completed a very satisfactory year, and 
is to be congratulated, accordingly. Only two of our Districts show 
a decrease in membership, this year, as compared to seven, last year. 
The three leading Districts as to increases in membership are 
Ottawa No. 3 with 71, Toronto No. 8A with 43 and Wellington 
No. 4 with 37, and we trust that the other 15 Districts will use them 
as a target for their future performances. 

Also, we are very glad to see that the degree work of our Chap- 
ters is still of very high quality, as our Grand Superintendents have 
reported. We want you to know that they have the support of this 
committee in that opinion, as we have witnessed our degrees con- 
ferred in all parts of the Province, and are very happy to concur 
with them, that our degree work is excellent. 

We wish to welcome our new Chapter at Epanola, No. 257, 
and wish them success. 

We are honoured to welcome our Grand Master, Most Worship- 
ful Brother Nelson C. Hart as an Excellent Past Principal, and our 
Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother J. A. Hearn as a 
Royal Arch Mason. We trust that they will enjoy their Companion- 
ship with us, in the highest degree of Masonry for many, many years 


Most of our Districts held one, two or three Chapters of In- 
struction, at which each degree was discussed, exemplified or con- 
ferred. Many fraternal visits were made within the local Districts, 
from one District in Ontario to another and several that were Inter- 
national. We would like to mention the very successful Internation- 
al Nights held, first at Sarnia, Ontario, for the fifth successive year, 
and, second, at Massena, New York in conjunction with our Coven- 
ant Chapter No. 113 at Cornwall, Ontario, both of which were 
very well attended. 

Our Grand First Principal made many visits to the Chapters 
and Districts, including nearly all of our Districts, at all of which he 
was very enthusiastically welcomed, where his inspiring addresses 
and ritual work left his audiences more enthusiastic Masons. We 
have no doubt that these visits result in increased membership and 

Our current general well-being has been attained and is being 
maintained by such occasions, groups and procedures, as are listed 
below, plus those that have been referred to at greater length, 
above: — 

1. Anniversaries of all kinds, including picnics, ladies night, golf 
games, etc. 

2. Divine services in the more heavily populated areas, and we hope 
that the sparsely populated areas will adopt these services for 
their own Companions, only, if necessary. 

3. The Royal Arch Masons Welfare Committee of the Toronto 
Districts, who have adopted the underprivileged children and 
the veterans for their special attentions and charities. 

4. The presentation of appropriate jewels to those who have been 
25 years a Past Principal and those who have been a Companion 
for 50 years, who wear them and discuss them with evident 

5. The Exaltation of the four Graham Brothers in Humber Chap- 
ter, No. 246 at Weston, in one class. 

6. Fraternizing with the other Masonic Bodies by conferring their 
degrees and inviting them to confer our degrees, also, just visit- 
ing with them. 

7. Welcoming the newly Exalted Companions, by the senior and 
past officers, discussing the degrees with them, and instructing 

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them until they feel that they are fully informed, and are con- 
fident that they can pass any examination or become a good 
junior officer. 

8. Rehearsing each degree before conferring it, to maintain the 
present high quality of our work. 

9. Extreme care must be taken in appointing the junior officers. 

We congratulate our Scribes E, Grand Scribe E, Treasurers and 
District Secretaries in obtaining very high praise from the Grand 
Superintendents for their excellent records and wonderful cooper- 
ation, when any information was requested. There is no doubt that 
these Companions are "priceless" in their value to Grand Chapter 
and the subordinate bodies. We are proud to report that 44 of our 
Chapters used their funds for Benevolence in the amount of $3500, 
the largest amount used for this purpose in many years. This is one 
of our proofs that the finances of our Chapters are becoming more 
nearly adequate. We are disappointed in finding it necessary to 
report that we still have four Chapters with annual dues of S2.00 
and 19 Chapters at $3.00 per year. Suspensions at 189 are the second 
highest in eight years. Arrears of dues at $21,500.00 are approxi- 
mately the same as in 1950 and 1951. 

We have attended meetings in the New Temple at St. Thomas 
and congratulate them on their up-to-date new Chapter Room, also, 
we are glad to extend hearty congratulations to Kenora, Peterbor- 
ough and Midland on their new Temples. May we, again call your 
attention to the importance of adequate fire insurance, in these 
days of extremely high costs. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

M. G. Beatty 

C. E. Griffin 

W. A. McKague 

A. W. Gillespie 

A. C. Mason 

W. B. Stothers, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Bailie Stothers, and— 

Resolved— That the Report of the Executive Commute on Condition of 
Capitular Masonry for the year 1952, be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the appli- 
cations for relief and we recommend that an appropriation be made 
in the estimates for grants to the following: 

Chapter No. 1— Widow of G. McN $ 100.00 

Chapter No. 3— Widow of S.M.C 100.00 

Chapter No. 5-Widow of G.S.M 100.00 

Chapter No. 8— Widow of R.J 100.00 

Chapter No. 53-Daughter of J.S 100.00 

Chapter No. 62— Widow of J.B 100.00 

Chapter No. 77-Widow of L.C.L 100.00 

Chapter No. 145-Daughter of J.C 200.00 

Chapter No. 231-Comp. H. H 100.00 

Chapter No. 246-Ex. Comp. W.E.D 200.00 

Special - Widow of E.S 200.00 

We further recommend that an amount of $200.00 be provided 
for interim relief, if it be needed, before the next Annual Convo- 
cation of Grand Chapter. 

Fraternally submitted, 

C. M. Pitts 

R. N. McElhinney 

D. C. Patmore, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded R. 
Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, and— 

Resolved,— That the Report of the Committee on Benevolence be received 
and adpoted. 

Committee on Benevolence 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. L. House, and— 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on Bene- 
volence and are members of the Executive Committee of Grand 
Chapter for the respective terms: — 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, retires in 1956. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, retires in 1954. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, retires in 1955. 




To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 

Grand Chapter, Royal Arcli Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

Your Committee has carefully reviewed another address of our 
Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Companion Bradshaw, and 
joins him in greetings to our distinguished guests. We regret, with 
him, the absence of our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother 
N. C. Hart, but unite in the welcome to our Deputy Grand Master, 
Right Worshipful Brother Joseph A. Hearn, and to our own Im- 
mediate Past Grand Z., Most Excellent Companion Pitts, as 
Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish 

We join with our Grand Principal in his expression of sympathy 
to those who have been bereaved. We approve most heartily his 
thoughtfulness in forwarding a message of sympathy to Her Majesty 
the Queen upon the death of Dowager Queen Mary. His pledge of 
loyalty and devotion to Her Majesty strikes a responsive chord in our 

Our whole jurisdiction deplores the loss sustained in the pass- 
ing of Most Worshipful Brother and Most Excellent Companion 
R. B. Dargavel, and we bow our heads with the graceful tribute of 
the Grand Z. Most Excellent Companion Dargavel w T as a man of 
sterling character, a popular, prominent and expert craftsman. The 
memory of his virtues will linger as the twilight hours when the 
sun is set. "The empty chair speaks to us of one long loved and 
lost awhile." 

Our Grand First Principal has again given evidence of zeal and 
energy which characterize his efforts to faithfully perform his duty. 
His visits to our Sister Jurisdictions and in our own jurisdiction 
were many, and will result in further cementing those bonds of 
fraternal union and good will sorely needed to-day. We congratu- 
late him on the honours and appreciations bestowed on him. 

We have pleasure in perusing his report on the Conference of 
Grand Chapters held at Banff, Alberta. Thought and care mark 
the preparation of the papers presented and good must be the 
result. This Conference is not a legislative body and approval of 


this report cannot endorse any action which would require the 
approval of our own Grand Chapter. 

We approve of the action of Most Excellent Companion Brad- 
shaw in appointing Grand Representatives near other Grand Chap- 
ters, and in nominating Grand Representatives of other Grand 
bodies near this Chapter, and compliment him on his choice. 

The dispensations granted by Most Excellent Companion 
Bradshaw appear to be in order and subject to the power conferred 
on the Grand Z. are confirmed. 

Your Committee is pleased to note no rulings were required 
during the past year. We concur in his admonition that the Con- 
stitution of Grand Chapter must be observed in procuring appli- 
cations for membership in a Chapter. Proper action on the part of 
the investigating committee should detect the fact that the applicant 
was not a Master Mason. 

The order of precedence is outlined in the Constitution of 
Grand Chapter, yet our Grand First Principal deems it necessary 
to repeat advice given in the instructions to Grand Superintendents 
each year. A study of the Constitution by Grand Superintendents 
and instructions by them to the First Principals would obviate this 

We congratulate our veteran Companions who have had be- 
stowed upon them by Grand Chapter the Jewels denoting long and 
faithful service. 

Your Committee joins with our Grand Z. in extending felicit- 
ations and good will to the Companions of Alaska in the formation 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alaska, and concurs 
in his prayer for their success as another link in a great chain of 
Royal Arch Masonry encircling this continent. 

We endorse his words of commendation of the Toronto Welfare 
Committee in its humanitarian efforts by demonstrating the pract- 
ical application of our Masonry. 

Your Committee agrees with our Grand Z's recommendation 
that Right Excellent Companion R. Clark be elected to honorary 
membership in our Grand Executive and recommends that Grand 
Chapter concur. 

Your Committee recognizes the contribution made by Most 
Excellent Companion Bradshaw as our Grand First Principal. He 

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has endeavoured to emphasize the truth of the saying "there is no 
man so humble that he has never felt the urge to state his wisdom 
to men less wise, his own convictions on men less convinced, his own 
goodness on men less good," and congratulates him upon his most 
complete address. 

Respectfully submitted, 

R. V. Conover 

F. W. Dean 

C. M. Puts 

J. M. Burden, Chairman. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden and seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z's address be 
received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

The Committee on Finance submits herewith its report for the 
year ending February 28th, 1953. 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer, the Auditor and the Grand 
Scribe E for the year ended February 28th, 1953, have been reviewed 
by the Members of this Committee, and these reports have now been 
submitted to this Annual Convocation. 

We find that these reports fully and accurately set out in detail 
all transactions pertaining to the financial position of this Grand 
Chapter for the fiscal year. All items of Receipts and Disbursements 
in respect to the General Fund, the Victory Thanksgiving Benevol- 
ent Fund, the Life Membership Fund-Grand Chapter, the Centen- 
nial Fund, and the Chapters' Life Membership Fund are properly 
detailed, and these reports contain complete schedules of the secur- 
ities in which these funds are now invested. 

Expenditures have been kept well within our budget, and the 
result of this year's operation, as set out in the Auditors' Report, 
Exhibit "B", shows a net Revenue of $1,605.03, which has been 
added to the General Reserve on the Balance Sheet, Exhibit "A". 

Certain of our Securities have matured during the fiscal year, 
and these funds have been re-invested in high grade trustee securit- 
ies, and the Auditor certifies they have been examined and found 
to be in order. They are held in the place and custody authorized 
by the Grand Chapter. The par value of Securities covering all funds 
amount to $154,700.00. 

The amount at the credit of the Centennial Fund is $1,005.83, 
and this Committee feels that in order to cover the extraordinary 
expenditures, which will be required to make the Centennial Cele- 
bration a success, we should increase the annual provision from the 
General Fund from $250.00 to $500.00, and ask the approval of this 
Grand Body for our action. 

We are asking you to approve a small grant amounting to 
$50.00, to the Canadian Masonic Research Association, as we be- 


lieve that Capitular Masonry should give this Association its whole 
hearted support and encourage the members of the Royal Craft 
to take an active interest in its deliberate 

Your Committee approves of the expenditure of SI, 600.00 for 
the printing of Rituals, as requested by the Committee on Printing. 
This amount is not included in the estimates, as the same will 
eventuallv be recovered by the purchases of the Constituent 

Your Committee wishes to advise that the financial position of 
this Grand Chapter is sound, but would emphasize that present 
world conditions make it impossible to forecast as to how long this 
favourable condition will continue, and. therefore, there is a con- 
tinuing need for careful control of our expenditures and conser- 
vation of our resour 

Your Committee recommends that the incoming Committee on 
Finance be convened earlv during the fiscal vear and that thev make 
a complete studv of the finances of this Grand Bodv and present a 
report on same at the next Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

Following the usual custom, we now submit, for the consider- 
ation and approval of the Companion nmate of Income and 
Expenditure for the current vear. which will end Februarv 28, 19E 


Fees — Reg U i::on - . • 

Life Membership — Dues i S\V H 

Interest on Investments 1.96x00 
d Estimated Income 


FLBRl "x 9 

Grand Scribe E*— Compensation 

— o sa dam 

-? -. .< 

Foreign Correspond e: hi - Reviewer :•>> 

Audit Fee :.y y 

Printing — Pnxeedings 

- . - , v 

Travelling Expcaat s -- .: Z 

- general ; y y 


Expenses— Convocation 3,100.00 

— Executive Committee 1,400.00 

— Education and Instruction 300.00 

Jewels and Engraving 600.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 

Canadian Grand Chapters' Meeting 640.00 

Centennial Fund 500.00 

Grand Z — Regalia 200.00 

Testimonial to Retiring G.Z 350.00 

Grant to Canadian Masonic Research Association 50.00 

Provision for Depreciation 58.00 

Total estimated Expenditures $20,553.00 


Estimated Income $ 21,440.00 

Estimated Expenditures 20,553.00 

Estimated Net Surplus $ 887.00 

It will be seen from the foregoing estimates that during the 
current year, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, Grand 
Chapter will be able to meet its obligations in full. 

All of which is fraternally and respectfully submitted. On 
behalf of the Committee. K N Carri£ chairman 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie, and— 

Resolved— That the Report of the Committee on Finance be received and 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal Z., Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Executive Committee through the Committee on Fratern- 
al Dead beg to submit the following report. 

Surely it is seemly that once each year, this Grand Chapter 
should pause from their daily round and common task, that we may 
pay a last tribute of love and respect to the memory of those of the 
household of the faithful, who since our last convocation have 
passed through the veils of death and have been admitted to the 
Celestial Grand Chapter above. 

The tender ties of fraternal feeling and affection would in 
themselves prompt us to such a course, for it is impossible that we, 

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who remain should forget, or if momentarily, forgetting amidst the 

cares and bustle of an upset world, should fail to be grateful for 
an opportunity of devoting a lew minutes of Loving thought to those 
of our Companions who were with us such a short time ago, but 
now speak to us from the ranks of those pioneers who made masonry 
what it is today, and are now at rest from their labors. The vacant 
chairs that we notice on these occasions, remind us of those whom 
we have loved long since and lost a while, and are ever recurring 
reminders of our inevitable destiny, and of that time when all 
distinctions save those of goodness and virtue shall cease. Whence 
come you? and whither are you directing your course? are questions 
with which we should all be familiar, the latter being of major im- 
portance especially when memory reminds us of friends of other 
days, who have passed one by one to that undiscovered country 
from which they shall never return. 

It is comforting to think that each new break in the chain 
of earthly friendship, means but a corresponding strengthening of 
the chain that the Master Workman is forging to bind us to the 
unseen world. It is self evident that space will not permit separate 
reference to each of our companions who have passed aw r ay since 
last we met, suffice it to say that their best epitaphs are written with- 
in the hearts of those who remain, and that as this report is read 
each one of us will be thinking in particular of some companion 
of former days whose friendly hand we never again shall grasp. 

And thus thinking, may it not be that each of us, in this solemn 
hour should dedicate himself to the high resolve, to so live that 
when the time comes to cross the bar \v r e may hear the Master say: 
Well done good and faithful servant, enter now into the joy of 
thy Lord. 

During the past year 463 of our Companions have answered the 
last summons. It is encouraging to note that this great loss is offset 
by an overall increase in membership of 336. 

We assume that sympathy has been extended to families of 
these companions by the Chapters of which they were members. 

Grand Chapter now adds its tribute of respect to departed 
merit. Of the 463 who have been called aw r ay 2 had attained the 
rank of Most Excellent, 16 that of Right Excellent and 6 Very 



V. Ex. Comp. William Stokes, Active Grand Steward, Died 1st February, 1953. 
Other distinguished Companions who answered the call were: 

R. Ex. Comp. \V A. Bearance 
V. Ex. Comp. F. H. Farnham 
R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre 
R. Ex. Comp. W. M. Jermyn 
R. Ex. Comp. W. A. Mahoney 
R. Ex. Comp. R. M. Finlay 
V. Ex. Comp. J. M. Thomson 
R. Ex. Comp. D. R. Dobie 
R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Rowney 
V. Ex. Comp. E. J. Wright 
R. Ex. Comp. W. F. Waddington 
R. Ex. Comp. W. W. Marshall 

R. Ex. Comp. N. Schnarr 

R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Meldrum 

R. Ex. Comp. T. M. Sale 

R. Ex. Comp. D. H. Mcintosh 

V. Ex. Comp. S. Halfyard 

M. Ex. Comp. Chauncey Hammond 

V. Ex. Comp. L. E. Gosselin 

R. Ex. Comp. G. H. Hayward 

R. Ex. Comp. F. J. Hill 

R. Ex. Comp. H. G. Nix 

M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel 

R. Ex. Comp. A. G. Tipper 

To our Sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada and the United 
States of America we extend sincere sympathy for the loss of their distinguished 

Grand Chapter of Roval Arch Masons of Alberta- 
Most Ex. Comp. Charles Henry Minchin-Grand Z. 1937-1938 
Most Ex. Comp. Harold Wm. B. Bell - Grand Z. 1939-1940 
Most Ex. Comp. John Edgar Rannard - Grand Z. 1942-1943 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba- 
Most Ex. Comp. J. V. Dillabough-Grand Z. 1944-1945 
R. Ex. Comp. William M. Boyd-Grand J. 1952- 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec: 

Most Ex. Comp. Arthur Barton Wood-Grand Z. 1914-1915 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan: 

Most Ex. Comp. Walter Bruce Hooker-Grand Z. 1937-1938 
Most Ex. Comp. John Edmond McLarty— Grand Z. 1943-1944 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Alabama: 

Most Ex. Comp. Allen Parker Mize— P.G.H.P.— 1948 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Arkansas: 

Most Ex. Comp. Zuber Nathaniel Short— P.G.H.P. 1915 
Most Ex. Comp. John Lindahl-P.G.H.P. 1942-1943 
Most Ex. Comp. James Benjamin Bunn— P.G.H.P. 1944 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Colorada: 

Most Ex. Comp. William L. Bush-P.G.H.P. 1901-1902 
Most Ex. Comp. G. Gordon Julien-P.G.H.P. 1947-1948 

The Grand Chapter R.A.M. of the District of Columbia: 
Most Ex. Comp. Harry A. Strong-P.G.H.P. 1947 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware: 

Most Ex. Comp. R. Earle Dickey— P.G.H.P. 1950 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Florida: 

Most Ex. Comp. Dr. Henry Oscar Snow-P.G.H.P. 1920 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Georgia: 

Most Ex. Comp. William A. Sims-P.G.H.P. 1925 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois: 

Most Ex. Comp. Stanley Nichols Wilson-P.G.H.P. 1945-1946 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Indiana: 

Most Ex. Comp. Fred Russell Clarke-P.G.H.P. 1928 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Kansas: 

Most Ex. Comp. Wm. Easton Hutchison— P.G.H.P. 1924 

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Grand Chapter Royal torch Masons of Louisiana: 

Most Ex. Comp. Clarence R. Warkland-P.CH.P. 19S6 
Grand Chapter oi Maine Royal ^rch Masons: 

Most Ex. Comp. Frank J. Cole— P.G.H.P. 1913 

R. Ex. Comp. Howard R. Houston Grand King 1949 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Michigan: 

R. Ex. Comp. Verne Elroy Nelson— (.rand Ring 1 0:"0 
(.rand Chapter of Mississippi, Royal Arch Masons: 

Most Ex. Comp. Monis Goldstein- P.G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Montana: 

Most Ex. Comp. Miles S. Parsons-P.G.H.P. 1938-1939 

R. Ex. Comp. Henry Giles Pickett— Grand Treasurer 1935-1941 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nevada: 

Most Ex. Comp. Daniel Evans, Sr.-P.G.H.P. 1947-1948 
Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch Masons: 

Most Ex. Comp. Chauncey B. Hammond-P.G.H.P. 1930 

Most Ex. Comp. R. Pearson Bowles-P.G.H.P. 1939 

Most Ex. Comp. A. Elmo Cole-P.G.H.P. 1950 
Grand Chapter of Roval Arch Masons of the State of Ohio: 

Most Ex. Comp. Amos H. Englebeck-P.G.H.P. 1949-1950 
The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania: 

Most Ex. Comp. David J. Davis-P.G.H.P. 1919-1920 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Rhoda Island: 

Most Ex. Comp. Edward M. Wheeler — P.G.H.P., Grand Secretary 
Grand Roval Arch Chapter of South Carolina: 

Most Ex. Comp. Joseph Everett Hart - P.G.H.P. 1932-1933 
Grand Chapter, Roval Arch Masons of Texas: 

Most Ex. Comp'. J. J. Gallagher-P.G.H.P. 1909-1910 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas M. Bartlev-Hon. P.G.H.P. & Gr. Secretary 1914-1945 

Most Ex. Comp. Curtis B. Hay-P.G.H.P. 1947-1948 

Most Ex. Comp. Kurtz E. Gangler-P.G.H.P. 1950-1951 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Wisconsin: 

Most Ex. Comp. Wallace M. Comstock-P.G.H.P. 1930 
The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland: 

Most Ex. Comp. The Earl of Lauderdale— First Grand Principal 

DEATHS 1952 

1-P. L. McCreathe, J. A. Stuart, W. A. Bearance, G. L. Deny, S. F. Hector, 
G. F. Sewell, J. Kirkpatrick, R. Williamson, W. S. Breckenridge, H. V. Moore. 
2-J. L. Fluke, J. H. Golothorpe, G. H. Hughes, R. D. Berry, Alex. Chisholm, 

F. Rice. 3— G. Cochran, T. C. Fleming, Win. J. Berney, C. B. Chapman. 
4-J. S. See, G. Hurst, C. K. Gooper, A. F. Hall, J. Morrison. 5-F. S. Onn, 

G. J. W. Barr, W. J. Friend, A. W. Beattie, C. E. Barnard, A. Fraser, K. D. 
Murray, L. Neil, H. Rodwell. 6-J. Thomson, W. H. Lyne, J. F. Tiplady. 
7-W. J. Harrison, F. T. Morbey, L. C. Richardson, G. T. Yerrow, M. B. Davis, 
R. I. Morgan, S. C. Licence, H. V. Moore, F. D. Diamond, W. A. Bearance. 
8— N. H. Knowles, George Fletcher, G. E. Beswetherick, W. R. Pointon. 15— 
D. A. MacDonald, H. F. Hall, G. F. Boylan, W. H. Hunt. 16-W. H. V. 
Hooper, J. W. Vincent, J. A. Pounder, G. S. Stanley, W. J. McKinlev, W. J. 
G. Gibson, A. McDonald, M. C. Westphel, E. S. Huson. 18-H. G. Horning, 
T. L. Hay, N. A. McDonald. 19-A. Stewart, S. Reams, W. H. Horton, A. 
J. Kellip. 20.-G. A. Tipper, F. H. Farnham, J. A. Edwards, G. H. Sager, 
WAV. Lowes, J. Darnbrook. 23-R. B. Kent, R. Gropp, L. Might, G. W. Fisher, 
W. L. Innes, R. M. Hamilton. 24-W. A. G. McCulloch, G. S. Wells, W. J. 


Odbert, J. W. Lines, R. L. Kennedy, F. Bateman, L. Robertson. 26— K. Davis, 
A 1). Mailntxre. A. \V. Haves. 27-H. A. Currie, L. D. McClure, E. Walker, 
J. Wilson. 28— W. F. Dixon, W. J. Glover. 29-T. M. McDougall, W. J. 
Beabron. A. A. Lamonbv. 30-G. Dunlop, T. W. Randall. 31— J. G. Sprague, 
J. H. Ringer. R. M. Sarles, E. L. Bronskill, W. I. Hicks, C. A. McWilliam, 

F. E. LeaCitt. 32-Frank Cort, S. E. Corby, A. Halls. 34-H. L. Tarbush, 
H. F. Tarbush, E. Douglas. 35-W. M. Jermyn, B. D. Huggard. 36-H. Blew- 
ett. R. J. Runnett, H. Morrow, W. A. Richardson, L. Lathford, G. D. Mann, 
\V. G. Ovens. R. M. Dennestown, J. D. Sherin. 37-R. C. Boney, E. W. King. 
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A. Hill, C. W. Anderson, A. L. Farquharson, H. F. Berry, T. A. McCallum, 

G. E. Johnston, C. E. Robinson. 62-T. W. Brennand, K. G. Goad. 64-E. 
Lambert, O. J. Sauve. 65— R. W. Paton, A. B. Aylesworth, G. R. Munnoch, 
H. W. Wakefield, A. Barker, J. Gray. 67-A. F. Ballins, A. F. Beetleston. 68- 
W. H. Wilson. 69-C. J. Emm. 72-C. J. Halton, J. F. Baker, H. Dafoe. 
73-W. H. Fowler. 74— L. J. Hartwick, E. R. Bond. 75-W. J. Rowney. 
76— A. Galloway. 77— J. Copeland, W. Smith, D. McKenzie, A. Deans, J. S. 
Robinson, C. H. Bender, J. F. Scarlett, A. Mason, A. McMillan, M. M. Moore, 
F. A. Beatty. 79-E. S. Brampton, E. J. Wright, D. J. Bannerman, W r . Walne, 
H. Bramwell, T. P. Pugh, S. O. Torrance, R. F. Veitch. 80-C. MacFarlane, 

E. W '. Kellev, F. Webster, W. Spooner, F. H. Daniel, W. F. Waddington, C. 
H. Simpson/ G. T. Bailey, J. T Chase, F. S. Ferguson. 81-C. W. Davis, S. 

F. Ball, W. J. Reid. 82-L. C. Cook, G. Hill, J Arthurs, C. H. McKinney. 
83— J. E. Smith, J. B. Adamson, W. W. Marshall, J. Lang. 88-W. Cragg, A. A. 
McLachlin. 90-T. McColl, J. G. White, N. A. Schnarr, G. Smith, S. Towns, 
}. Winkler. 91-E. M. Martyn, R. J. Conlan, H. J. Weese, N. A. Davis, W. J. 
Foster, G. L. McHenry, G. W. Boughton, N. A. Davis, H. R. McDonald, W. 
R. Memory, W. H. Frith, J. M. McKerrighan, R. B. Dargavel. 94-Arthur T. 
Claxton, H. G. Joyce, H. V. Mercer, W. A. Ward. 95-D. M. Brodie, H. W. 
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A. G. Smith, A. H. Daron, A. Strand, J. A. Rodgers, H. B. Christilaw, G. H. 
Millington, D. W. Hills, G. C. Burchfield, W. J. Detweiler, J. C. Rowswell, 
J. Elliot, D. McD. Hogarth, W. T. Scott. 103-E. B. Willis, H. C. Hoskins, T. 
E. Morton, T M. Sale, R. Rankin. 104-E. Heldman, E. R. Lauder, R. J. Rob- 
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McFadden, P. Salter, L. F. Hickmore, R. J. McAllister, J. D. Taylor. 117— 
S. Halfyard, W. J. Main. 129-W A. Tuer, A. J. Robinson. 132-W. V. 
Battams, J. T. Carey. 133-B. Wiseman, T. E. Foster. 135— J. E. Burchell, 

G. Cobbledick, G. R. Gray, W. H. Thompson, D. A. Jack. 138-W. E. Birrell, 
N. J. Walter, T. Brann, T. Wray, E. Burge, J. F. McLennan. 140— J. A. Speers, 
M. McKay, W. Duffus, E. E. Wallace, H. R. Collver, T. C. Little, A. McNaughton. 
144-B. C. W. Pickford. 145-N. Alldred, J. Piggott, W. Malott, A. D. Mac- 
Intyre, L. J. Bland, W. J. Ham, C. B. Hammond, W. D. Robbins, J. F. Gray, 
f. Watson, A. C. Boot, C. Spragge, R. G. Archer, E. H. Prattis. 146- W. H. 
Martin. 147-F. Patterson. 148— H. Sargerson. 149— J. P. Rydeer, H. A. 
English. 150-C. R. Reed, J. A. Morley, J. E. Ormeo, H. M. Wilkins, C. E. 
Allsop, T. M. Owen. 151-W. Clauson, D. Wilson. 152-R. F. Brown, N. 
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231-C. Pooley, J. C. Urquhart. 232-A. G. Ross, J. F. Gray. 233-C. Tatton, 
W. Parkinson, W. Scott. 236-N. C. Colbert. 238-C. B. Kelley. 239-V. 
McGuigan, A. E. Tole. 240-R. E. Book. 241 -S. Appleton. 242-G. T. Car- 
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246-P. A. English, R. B. Dargavel. 247-C. R. Godman, J. Partridge, R. H. 
Reid. J. Taman. 248-C. P. Jones. 249-W. A. Richards, D. Buckspan, M. 
W. Tamblyn, W. H. Thickson. 250-T. Dowdeswell, A. Maguire, C. R. Reed, 
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We can only trust that: 

Sometime when all lifes lessons have been learned, 

And Sun and Stars forever more have set, 

The things which our weak judgements here have spurned, 

The things o'er which we grieved with lashes wet, 

Will flash before us out of lifes dark night, 

And we shall see that all Gods ways were right. 

Respectfully submitted. 

R. Clark, Chairman. 
Rev. W. J. Johnston 
E. S. Querney 
E. W. Edmondson 
H. E. McCullough 
P. Faler 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, and— 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 



To the Most Excellent, The Grand Zerubbabel, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions — 

The Committee on awards for the Distinguished Service Medal 
beg leave to report that no applications for this award have been 
submitted for consideration. 

Fraternally submitted. R y CoNOVER< PGZ> Chairman . 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

Resolved,— That the Report on Award for the Distinguished Service Medal 
be received 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 

Comp. J. L. House, and— 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on Awards 
for the Distinguished Service Medal, for Grand Chapter for their 

" M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, 1956 Chairman 

M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, 1955 
M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, 1954 


Grand Chapter was "Called Off" at 4.30 o'clock p.m., to permit 

the Delegates to select their Grand Superintendents and elect the 

Officers of Grand Chapter for the ensuing year and the next place 

of meeting. 


Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9.30 o'clock a.m. 

V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, Chairman, and V. Ex. Comp. 
James T. Gilchrist, Vice-Chairman, presented the results of the 
Elections as follows: — 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander Macdonald Taylor Grand Z. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand H. 

R. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Goodcrham Grand J. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. R. Douglas MacDonald Grand Chaplain 


M Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean Grand Treasurer 

R Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R Ex. Comp. William J. Neville Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ralph Ackerman Grand Prindpal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. T. Russell Beeman Grand Registrar 


R. Ex. Comp. Renjamin Foss Nott, 
R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers, 
R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H Smith, 
R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Scarle, 
R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girvin 


The nominations for Grand Superintendents were submitted 
to the Most Excellent the Grand Z., who was pleased to approve, 
and the following selections were confirmed: — 
R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Arthur Willett St. Clair District No. 1 

Box 156 Wheatley. Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Arthur William Holt London District No. 2 

Strathroy, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Alexander McGregor Wilson District No. 3 

509 Colborne St., Brantford, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Albert Henry Jelly Wellington District No. 4 

Box 143 Shelburne, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Travice Broadbent Hamilton District No. 5 

64 Sherman Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Stephenson Huron District No. 6 

Southampton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Dickie Niagara District No. 7 

72 Chaplin Ave., St. Catharines, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Albert Carvvithen Toronto East District No. 8 

63 Glenwood Crescent, Toronto 13, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas H. Williamson Toronto W 7 est District No. 8A 

396 Margucretta St., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Russell Georgian District No. 9 

406 Gill St., Orillia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Harold Orr Flintoff Ontario District 10 

513 Rogers St., Oshawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Henry Sager Prince Edward District No. 11 

69 Heber St., Trenton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George C. Gibbins St. Lawrence District No. 12 

Box 483 Gananoque, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Albert Phillips, Jr Ottawa District No. 13 

39 Daniel St., Smiths Falls, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Samuel H. Green Algoma District No. 14 

Port Arthur, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Farl Davidson New Ontario District No. 15 

34 The Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Albert Watson Sanderson Temiskaming District No. 16 

Haileybury, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. J. R. Meek Yukon Territory District No. 17 

\\ hitehorse, Yukon Territory 


The newly appointed Grand Superintendents were subsequently 
addressed and given the necessary instructions as to the duties 
pertaining to their office. 

The Ninety-Sixth Annual Convocation will be held in the City of Toronto, 
Ontario, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 28th and 29th, 1954, commencing 
at TEN o'clock, in the forenoon, as per Section 20 of the Constitution. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, the Officers and 

Companions of the Most Excellent the Grand Chapter of 

Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Your Committee has not had an opportunity during the year of 
meeting as a Committee although various matters affecting the 
education and instruction in this Grand Chapter have been discuss- 
ed in meetings of the Grand Council and Advisory Committee of 
Past Grand Z's. 

No new pamphlets have been issued during the year and suffic- 
ient material for the instruction of Grand Superintendents is avail- 
able for this Grand Chapter Convocation, although the question of 
revision of presentation of the instruction to Grand Superintendent 
may well be undertaken during the next year. 

As a considerable quantity of the ceremonies of installation of 
officers both of Constituent Chapters and of Grand Chapter are still 
available, the matter of revision has been further delayed until 
these have been used up as the matter of revision has not been con- 
sidered as too urgent. 

Additional work has been done in connection with the com- 
pletion of the "Chapter Companion." Grand Chapter is now in pos- 
session of all the Constituent material necessary for the completion 
of this work but final revision and authorization have not been 
worked out and the endorsement of your Committee and the 
Grand Council Advisory Committee of Grand Z's have yet to be 
obtained but the draft is now ready for submission requiring only 
the preparation of a suitable foreward. 

One of the most important pieces of work done on Masonic 
Education for Capitular Masonry during the past year was the work 
done on a short pamphlet prepared by the Committee of the Confer- 


ence of Canadian (.rand Chapters under the convenership of Most 

Excellent Companion Fred VV. Dean. As this presentation has been 
approved by the Conference and recommended to the Grand Chap 

ters for their consideration and approval, the Report and the ma- 
terial of the pamphlet is presented as part of this report. 

As instructed at the 5th Annual Conference, held in Hamilton, 
Ontario, August 21-22, 1951, your Committee have prepared and 
submit herewith a draft of a pamphlet considered suitable for gen- 
eral use in our Canadian Grand Chapters, outlining as simply as 
possible essential information regarding the connection between the 
Craft Lodge and the Royal Arch Chapter, or the manner in which 
the Summit of Masonry is attained in the Holy Royal Arch Degree. 

It is, of course, fully understood that there is nothing binding 
upon any Grand Jurisdiction to accept or make use of this Pam- 
phlet, but your Commute is of the opinion that the placing of 
this, or a similar Pamphlet, in the hands of those Master Masons 
to whom it might be expected to appeal cannot fail to enhance 
their interest in Masonry generally and be of benefit to Capitular 
Masonry in particular. 

The Pamphlet submitted herewith has been passed upon by 
all members of your Committee and corrections suggested by them 
incorporated therein. I personally wish to convey my appreciation 
to each of them for the assistance rendered in this respect. 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Special Committee. 

Dr. P. S. Cochrane (Nova Scotia) 

A. C. Lemmon (New Brunswick) 

Norman H. Hill (Quebec) 

J. V. Dillabaugh (Manitoba) 

Thomas R. Luke (Saskatchewan) 

Dr. J. V. Follett (Alberta) 

A. Roy Byrnell (British Columbia) 

C. M. Pitts (Canada) 

F. W. Dean (Canada), Chairman. 

Hamilton, Ontario, July 30, 1952. 



Having received the first three degrees in Masonry, comprising 
the so-called "Symbolic", "Blue" or "Craft" Lodge, and now being 
a Master Mason, you perhaps desire to progress further and will be 
glad of helpful information regarding the course to pursue. 

The purpose of this booklet is to inform you as to the next 
logical step and to invite your interest in Royal Arch Masonry by 
seeking membership in a Royal Arch Chapter. Capitular or Royal 
Arch Masonry provides the ceremonies which complete the Master 
Mason's Degree and, together with the degrees of the Symbolic 
Lodge, constitute Ancient Freemasonry. 

It must be quite a disappointment to the average man, on 
being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, to be told that 
he has not completed his work and that, on account of the genuine 
secrets being lost, he can only be furnished with a substitute, al- 
though a ray of hope is contained in the statement that this will 
suffice "until time and circumstances restore the genuine." 

Sometimes it seems a pity that newly raised Master Masons are 
permitted to leave the lodge without being informed or having 
intimated to them the course to follow, in order to recover those 
secrets which were lost, which are obtainable in the Supreme De- 
gree of the Holy Royal Arch, and in that Degree ONLY. 

There are some who would have the newly raised Master Mason 
believe that he can receive those genuine secrets other than in a 
Royal Arch Chapter. This is not true, either historically or other- 
wise. In all Masonic history there has been but one formal and 
authoritative declaration as to just what constitutes "Ancient Craft 
Masonry." When the United Grand Lodge of England— the chief 
source from which Canadian Freemasonry derives— was formed in 
1813 by the amalgamation of the two English Grand Lodges— "Anci- 
ents" and "Moderns"— they adopted a firm and solid landmark, 
being the second of the twenty-one "Articles of Union" to guide 
Masons throughout the world forever on this matter, as follows: 

"It is declared and pronounced that pure Ancient Masonry consists of 
three degrees, and no more; viz, those of the Entered Apprentice, the 
Fellowcraft and the Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of 
the Holy Royal Arch." 

This landmark has never been changed and to this day no 
other degree has been officially recognized by the United Grand 

\\\i \i ( o\\o( \ i [ON, i ORON i o. i" i : 

Lodge, thus showing- the importance of the Royal Arch Degree in 
the Masonic system. Naturally, tins is as it should be, because a 
Master Mason cm complete the Third Degree and receive the 
Master's word only in the Supreme Degree of the Holy Royal Arch. 

As an illustration of the importance placed upon this matter 
by this "fountain-head" of Masonry, the following is quoted from 
the Supreme Grand Chapter of England, January, 1952: 

"Wc have for generations held that the Holy Royal Arch is an integral 
part of Masonic progress, and is, indeed, the climax of Masonry. Wc 
hold that every Master Mason, if thought worthy by his brethren, 
should be given the opportunity of thus completing the Third Degree. 
So we do all we can to make it possible for them to enter the Order 
of the Holy Royal Arch, and be amongst their Masonic friends and 
with every reasonable chance of rising in due course to the Chairs of 
their Chapter. 

We find that those who are already in the Order are not slow to at- 
tract into it those whom they consider likely to be worthy of it." 

Capitular or Royal Arch Masonry, in the Jurisdictions of the 
several Grand Chapters in Canada, with one exception, consists of 
three degrees, the Mark Master Mason, the Most Excellent Master 
Mason and the Supreme Degree of the Holy Royal Arch. 

To those who have an interest in Masonic philosophy or ritual, 
the Capitular Degrees will have a particular appeal. They contain 
no abstruse philosophy or unintelligible doctrines, but do contain 
simple, plain statements of Truth, easily understandable and help- 
ful in our relations to life. 

The following brief outline of the scope and purpose of the 
progressive steps of Royal Arch Masonry is of necessity only a fleet- 
ing glimpse of the panorama that has its beginning obscured by 
the mists of antiquity and its ending veiled in that far distant coun- 
try from whose bourne no traveler ever returns. 



The degree of Mark Master is the first of the Capitular degrees 
and is one of great importance. It is illustrative of the Felloucraft 
degree and some writers assert that at one time it formed a part of 
that degree. 


It explains the manner in which the operative craftsmen en- 
gaged in the building of King Solomon's Temple were known and 
distinguished in receiving their wages. 

The traditions of Freemasonry inform us that at the building 
of the Temple of Solomon, the order of Mark Masters was selected 
from the great body of Fellowcrafts, of which there were two di- 
visions. The First, or higher class, worked in the quarries in "hew- 
ing, squaring and numbering" the stones, as explained in our 
lectures. Each craftsman identified the work he had completed by 
placing thereon his personal mark. Hence, this class of Fellowcrafts 
were called Mark Masters and received their pay from the Senior 

The second class of Fellowcrafts, though predominating in 
numbers, were younger and more inexperienced men, wath less skill 
and knowledge and hence w^ere not entitled to, or in possession of, 
a mark which distinguished a Mark Master. They were, therefore, 
given another token and received their wages in the middle cham- 
ber, in the form of corn, wine and oil, agreeable to the stipulation 
of King Solomon with Hiram, King of Tyre. 

In this degree important lessons are taught in regard to 
honesty of purpose and performance of actions, which lay the 
foundation stones for the character building developed in the de- 
grees that follow. 


The ceremonies of this degree refer to the completion and 
dedication of the First Temple. Approximately seven and one-half 
years were consumed in its erection, and at the completion of this 
magnificent edifice, it is reasonable to suppose that King Solomon 
should bestow some special form of recognition upon the zealous and 
skilful builders for the perfection of their labors. 

To this end, no greater evidence of approval and appreciation 
could have been devised than the honorable title of "Most Excellent 
Master", which was bestowed upon those who had proved them- 
selves to be proficient and outstanding masters of their profession. 

It was, therefore, not conferred upon the whole body of work- 
men, but was limited to those who, through diligence and industry, 
had progressed far toward perfection, and by so doing had merited 
recognition for their efficient and praiseworthy efforts. 


The degree is based upon Biblical and historical facts and is 
presented in a manner designed t<> (airy nearer to completion that 
character building, the foundations of which were laid in preceding 


This beautiful Degree, referred to as "the summit of Ancient 
Craft Masonry," was considered so important in our earlier history 
that none but actual Masters of Craft Lodges were permitted to take 
it. This prerequisite was considered a hardship, as it prevented 
worthy men from participating in Royal Arch Masonry. This 
restriction is not at present effective in Canadian Jurisdictions. 

Chronologically, the setting for this degree is some 470 years 
from the completion of the First Temple, as depicted in the Most 
Excellent Master Degree. The First Temple had been destroyed 
and now preparations were under way for the building of the Second 

In the preparatory work for the building of the Second Temple 
many valuable relics belonging to the craft were discovered, a know- 
ledge of which was essential in providing explanatory answers to 
various items which up to this time had been hidden from the 
vision of the Master Mason. 

The central idea of the entire system of Freemasonry being the 
LOSS and RECOVERY of the WORD, the WORD is the pivotal 
point about which the entire system of Masonic Symbolism revolves. 
"Its possession is the consummation of all Masonic knowledge." 
Wherever there is a "loss" there should be a "recovery", and the 
Royal Arch Degree vividly portrays that recovery. 

The Royal Arch Degree explains many things that possibly 
were not understood in the first three degrees. It is not a "Higher 
Degree", but the last volume of the series in a sublime story revealed 
through symbolism. The Master's Degree, without the Royal Arch, 
is a story half told and a promise unfulfilled— the Candidate is 
promised that he should receive, but is put off with a "substitute"— 
he is left in darkness, in doubt and disappointment. The Royal Arch 
stands as the last of the degrees in Ancient Craft Masonry and no 
Master Mason is in possession of all that Freemasonry teaches with- 
out the Royal Arch Degree. 


There is no impropriety in inviting or urging a Master Mason 
to complete his Masonic knowledge by becoming a Royal Arch 
Mason; on the contrary, every Most Excellent Master is obligated to 
"dispense light and knowledge to uninformed Brethren." There 
seems to be no better way of doing this than by showing the Master 
Mason how he can receive that Truth which was denied him in the 
Third Degree and attain the Summit of Craft Masonry. 

The Craft Lodge symbolism deals with the MATERIAL side 
of life; the Chapter degrees, and particularly the Supreme Degree 
of the Holy Royal Arch, with the SPIRITUAL side of life. To the 
newly exalted Companion is revealed the full significance of the 
most important and beautiful lesson of the whole Masonic structure. 

To be a Master Mason is to have the highest and most honour- 
able degree that any man can attain in Ancient Craft Masonry; it 
entitles him to all the rights and privileges of the Craft; all the 
accumulated so-called Higher Degrees do not add anything to his 
Masonic stature. The Royal Arch is a part of the Master Mason's 
degree— the summit of its excellencies. It is the privilege and should 
be the duty of Master Masons to complete the Masonic story, told 
in allegory and revealed in symbolism, by receiving the Royal Arch 

It is recommended that our Grand Chapter should print these 
pamphlets for our own use and that additional quantities be printed 
if other Grand Chapters in Canada should ask us for quantities and 
undertake to share a proportional amount of the expense of a single 
printing. There has been a strong feeling throughout the Dominion 
that some uniform report and explicit presentation of Capitular 
Masonry should be made available so that Craft Masons interested 
might be well-informed as to the virtues and benefits to be derived 
from membership in the Royal Craft. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. M. Pitts, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, and— 

Resolved,— That the report on Education and Instruction be received 
and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Em client Sir and Companions: — 

In presenting the third annual report of the Special Committee 
on Membership, the members of that committee desire to express 
to the Grand Z., Most Excellent Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw, 
their deep appreciation for this continued opportunity of service to 
the Royal Craft. They also thank the Grand Z., and the Grand 
Scribe E., Rt. Excellent Companion Fred J. Johnson for valuable 
advice and encouragement. 

This committee was appointed three years ago by Most Excel- 
lent Companion, C. M. Pitts to study the question of chapter 
membership, and suggest how the Royal Arch Chapters could reach 
a larger proportion of the members of the Craft Lodges, as well as 
prevent resignations and suspensions of the chapter members. Statis- 
tics lately given by the Grand Scribe E. would indicate that little 
progress along these lines has as yet been made. However, the pro- 
verb that Rome was not built in a day applies here. Your commitee 
feels that its efforts have been worth while, and in the district where 
most work has been done there are good results. 

The same difficulties as are hindering the prosperity of the 
Royal Arch Chapters of the Grand Chapter of Canada are being 
encountered in the various Grand Chapters in the United States. 
In looking over some of the reports presented by their Grand High 
Priests there is real concern expressed, and various solutions are 

Most Excellent Companion Dusenberry, Grand High Priest of 
the Grand Chapter of New Mexico in answering the question, What 
is Royal Arch Masonry? says "Royal Arch Masonry is not just 
another organization, and a Royal Arch Mason is not just a member, 
but with responsibilities no other mason has. Royal Arch Masonry 
has been handed down to us from time immemorial, along with 
Craft Masonry as an important part of Ancient Craft Masonry. It 
is the educational degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry. It completes 
and gives to the Master Mason those secrets which were promised 
candidates all through the first degrees." 

The Grand Lecturer of the Grand Chapter of Illinois said: 
"Are our companions aware of the fact that the Royal Arch Degree 


is the spiritual degree in Freemasonry, not accepting the degree of 
Master Mason. When the ceremony of Exaltation comes to an end 
in England, the First Principal congratulates the candidates heartily, 
(as we do in Canada) on having reached the pinnacle of Free- 
masonry in the Holy Royal Arch which is said to be at once the 
foundation of the whole masonic structure. He goes on to inform 
the candidates that the Supreme Degree is not a fourth degree as 
some misinformed people have supposed. The Book of Constitution 
of the Grand Lodge of England is most definite in proclaiming the 
fact, that it is not a degree, but an order, one which is conferred 
on those who are already Master Masons, and as such is part and 
parcel of the Third Degree. At the union of Ancient and Moderns 
in 1813 it was declared that "Pure Ancient Masonry consists of 
three degrees and no more, viz., those of the Entered Apprentice, 
the Fellowcraft and the Master Mason, including the Supreme 
Order of the Holy Royal Arch." The only jewel recognized by the 
Grand Lodge of England is the jewel of the Royal Arch. 

In the report of the Committee on Public Relations of the 
Grand Chapter of Michigan we find these words, "We again stress 
the necessity of each chapter keeping the lodges within its juris- 
diction fully informed of the aims and objects of Capitular Masonry, 
and each chapter officer should never lose an opportunity of mak- 
ing himself of value to his lodge and its worshipful master. Make the 
work of your lodge your most important business, and thereby 
demonstrate that recovery in the chapter of that which was lost is 
more than the finding of a word." 

The Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Connecticut 
says, "Masonry is on the threshold of a new era. If we are content 
to sit quietly by and let the Master Mason seek us out, then sureely 
our beloved Rite will gradually wither away and die. It is no 
longer enough that we act as guardian of the sacred fires. It has 
been pointed out that less than a quarter of the membership of 
the Grand Lodge have joined the Capitular rite. (In Ontario the 
ratio is only one in six.) He further says, "Much of the world is 
darkened by intolerance and atheism. Let us remember that both 
these enemies of masonry are material. We must go forward." 

Also, the Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Massachu- 
setts at the Grand Convocation of his Grand Chapter said, "I con- 
sider the lecture programme as the most constructive thing I hope 
to accomplish during my term as Grand High Priest. It is the best 

ANNUAL <o\\(>( \ I ION. rORONTO, I95S 143 

possible means oJ training our officers in the delivery of the ritual 
in a confident and impressive manner. Good work in masonii 

bodies does not come by accident or chance. It is the result of 
careful preparation and training over a long period. It you would 
learn what your members want, note the attendance figures of chap- 
ters where good work is a tradition. They do not come because you 
have begged them to come and boost the morale of the officers. 
They come because they enjoy what they see and hear, because 
they appreciate good performance. Good impressive work is the 
entire answer and it must start where all good things start at the 
beginning. The selection of good material is a solemn obligation. 
Ability and experience are always desirable qualities if they can be 
obtained, but more than these is a determination to work and a 
willingness to learn. 

Appointment to office should always be considered on a pro- 
bationary basis. When a line officer is appointed he should apply 
himself immediately to the task of commitment and delivery of our 
beautiful ritual. Freemasonry is not a frivolous order and our beauti- 
ful degrees should neither be conferred or received lightly. Each 
has a lesson which we should try to teach. If the candidate is in a 
proper frame of mind our task is much easier." 

These quotations emphasize several points which previous re- 
ports of this committee have attempted to impress. Our chapter 
officers must be carefully chosen and well trained. The Principals 
must see that frequent practices are held, and that every officer is 
present. As a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so the 
work in a Royal Arch Chapter will only be as good as the perform- 
ance of its weakest officer. Prompting should never be necessarv and 
rituals should never be seen in the chapter room. But if through 
nervousness or other cause it is necessary to assist an officer, then 
have that duty performed by some one expert companion without 
assistance from any ritual. All officers must realize that their tasks 
are to give the candidates something that will cause them to be at 
once loyal and enthusiastic companions who will go out from the 
ceremony of their exaltation carrying with them application forms 
which they will give to some worthy craft mason. 

In the report of our efficient and painstaking Grand Scribe F... 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson we find that during the past year 
there has been a net gain of 336 members in the Grand Chapter 
of Canada, and the increase for the last five years is 2828. Fourteen 
of our chapters have had more than 13 exaltations, and only five 


more than 20, and eight had no exaltations. Ninety-seven chapters 
reported increased membership, forty-four a loss in membership and 
fifteen stationary. It is worthy to note that those chapters which are 
given honorary mention for the largest percentage of gain are for 
the most part in the rural districts of our Grand Jurisdiction, the 
exceptions are Mount Sinia Chapter in Toronto and Thomas Peters 
in Windsor. Congratulations are due to the new Royal Arch Chap- 
ter at Espanola, to the companions of the New Ontario District 
No. 15, and to Rt. Ex. Comp. Ernest T. Querney, the Grand Super- 
intendent of that District, and to the officers and companions of the 
Royal Arch Chapter, Yukon No. 256 at Whitehorse, Y.T., which had 
a percentage increase of 35.9 percent. 

Your Special Committee on Membership as presently consti- 
tuted finds it is impossible to reach all the masonic districts as it 
would like. The members of this committee are or have been Grand 
Superintendents, with the exception of the chairman, and the duties 
of their office are so arduous and important that they can give only 
a very small effort to the question of membership. It is humbly 
suggested that the membership of the Committee on Chapter 
Membership be increased to include one member from each of the 
seventeen districts. The chairman has been able to reach for some 
years back all the chapters of the Ottawa District, and some of 
the chapters in adjoining districts. It might be noted that in the 
last five years there has been a net gain in the membership of the 
chapters of that district of 500 members from 1251 to 1751 or an 
increase of about 40% If the same ratio of gain had carried over the 
whole province the membership of this Grand Chapter would have 
increased 6,575 instead of the 2,828 as given in Grand Scribe E's 

The Special Committee on Membership again expresses its 

Respectfully submitted. 

A. E. 

Mac Lean 

W. C. 


H. T. 

C. Humphrie 


T. A. Payton 

F. A. McDiarmid, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. H. T. C. Humphries, and— 

R eso Ived— That the report of the Special Committee on Membership be 
received and adopted. 

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To tlie Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

During the year now chawing to a close, your Committee on 
Laws and Jurisprudence have examined new By-laws for thirteen 
Chapters and amendments to existing By-laws for twenty-two Chap- 
ters. It has been observed that the twenty-two applications for 
amendments covered to a large extent increases in the annual 
Chapter dues and in some, an increase in the exaltation fees. About 
one-third of the amendments have dealt with changes of time and 
date of meeting. 

In quite a number of instances, requests were made for alter- 
ations and for further information, before these matters were recom- 
mended for your approval. These were, in quite a few cases, the 
direct result of the officials of the Chapters concerned not comply- 
ing with the plain and explicit provisions of the Constitution. In 
future applications, your Committee recommends rather strongly 
that in order to save time and inconvenience, particularly to the 
Chapters concerned, the provisions of the Constitution be followed 

Your Committee is much indebted to the Grand Scribe E. for 
a draft set of By-laws which he furnished at the beginning of the 
year. We are not aware who is the author of this work, but it has 
been a very great assistance. We found, however, that some changes 
may be necessary to bring its provisions more in line with the re- 
quirements of the Constitution. In particular, we did recommend 
that a clause be added at the end to the effect that as soon as the 
Grand First Principal approves the new set of By-laws, that the 
old ones are immediately repealed. 

The Constitution has had a number of amendments made to it 
from time to time and the result is that it presents a sort of patch- 
work quilt picture. Your Committee feels that a number of other 
provisions could and should be reworded to make them more clear 
and concise. There is no desire to take the time at this juncture 
of giving you particulars. We do recommend that the whole Con- 
stitution should be reconsidered and revised and improved wher- 
ever necessary. 


All of which is respectfully submitted. 

Dated at Kitchener, this 20th day of April, 1953. 

A. C. Mason, Chairman 

G. H. Shannon, Vice-Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. A. C. Mason, and— 

Resoh>ed,— That the report of the Committee on Constitution Laws and 
Jurisprudence be received. 


Most Excellent Comp. Brads haw, the Officers and Companions of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

M. Ex. Sir and Companions 

The details of Fraternal Correspondence has been covered in 
the Capitular Review, and will be found in the Annual Proceeding 
for 1953, no report is submitted at this time. 

Moved by M. Ex^ Comp. R. V. Conover, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

Resolved,— That this explanatory report be received and adopted. 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved — That M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover be elected Grand Historian 
and Reviewer. 


Letters were received conveying Greetings and expressing re- 
grets for non-attendance from:— 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Alberta— M. Ex. Comp. 
Frank Mayer, G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. Sam Harris, P.G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. 
H. Bentley, P.G.Z. & G.S.E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia— M. Ex. 
Comp. Andrew Coutts, G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. E. B. Baker, P.G.Z. Sc 

A.Wl \1. CONVCX \ll()N. TORONTO, \ ( r>3 147 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba— M. Ex. Comp. 

|. C. Hate, G.Z.; R. Ex. Comp. Morgan Davies, G.S.E. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New Brunswick— 
M. Ex. Comp. Ronald 1). Band, G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. Roy Crawford, 
P.G.Z. & G.S.E. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia— M. Ex. 
Comp. S. C. Gordon, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. H. F. Sipprell, P.G.H.P. 
& Grand Secretary; M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Harris, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Quebec— M. Ex. Comp. 
A. J. Osgoode, P.G.Z. , onr Grand Representative. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan— M. Ex. 
Comp. W. Garvie, G.Z.; M. Ex. Comp. Lome Johnson, P.G.Z.; M. 
Ex. Comp. A. A. Wilson, P.G.Z. and G.S.E. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of California 
— M. Ex. Comp. Chas. F. Knipe, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. A. Cavanagh, 
P.G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. C. N. Newell, P.G.H.P., G. Secretary. 

The General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons— M. Ex. 
Comp. Robert F. Janes, G.G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Earl E. Dusen- 
bury, LP., G.G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. R. R. Walcutt, General Grand 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois— M. Ex. 
Comp. Harry C. Foltz, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Edward E. Core, 
P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons State of Indiana— M. Ex. 
Comp. F. Gordon Lewis, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Charles C. Thomas, 
P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Iowa— M. Ex. Comp. 
Russell Goodwin, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Ross J. Gamblin, P.G.H.P. 
and Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Louisiana — M. 
Ex. Cmp. Julius O. Hedt, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Lee W. Harris, 
P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Maine Royal Arch Masons— M. Ex. Comp. 
Clyde French, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Convers E. Leach, P.G.H.P. 
and Grand Secretary. 


Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts— M. Ex. Comp. 
Ralph W. Copeland, P.G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. W. F. Clarke, 
P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan— M. Ex. Comp. 
Paul P. Belser, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. J. Fairbairn Smith, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons State of Missouri— M. Ex. 
Comp. Ray V. Denslow, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

The Most Excellent Grand Chaper of Royal Arch Masons of 
the State of Montana-M. Ex. Comp. F. L. Eukes, G.H.P.; M. Ex. 
Comp. Ralph N. Lodge, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of New Hamp- 
shire-M. Ex. Comp. I. B. Stevens, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. J. Melvin 
Dresser, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter State of New Jersey— M. Ex. 
Comp. F. H. Stigale, Jr., G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. William Beck, 
P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio— 
M. Ex. Comp. Edward E. Gillespie, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Henry 
Gruen, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary; Ex. Comp. Franz K. Hall, 
P.G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. G. P. Trostel, P.G.H.P. 

The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania— M. Ex. 
Comp. Arthur L. Miller, P.G.H.P. and our Grand Representative. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Vermont— M. Ex. 
Comp. L. Williams, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. A. H. Grout, P.G.H.P. 
and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia— M. Ex. 
Comp. James N. Hillman, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons State of Wisconsin— M. 
Ex. Comp. P. S. Peiterson, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. Ward A. Row- 
bottom, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada— M Ex. Comp. 
L. F. Stephens; R. Ex. Comp. F. A. McDiarmid. 

Telegrams were received for the two above named Companions, 
in answer to greetings sent to them from the 95th Annual Con- 



Most Ex. Comp. Reg. V. E. Conover, O.B.E. installed and in- 
vested the newly elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the 
Grand Superintendents of the several District, and they were pro- 
claimed and saluted according to ancient custom. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. M. S. Gooderham, and— 

Resolved,— That the thanks of ihc Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada be extended to the Credential Committee for the efficient manner 
in which they discharged their duties, to the Scrutineers for their services in 
taking charge of the election of the officers; to the Installing Board under Most 
Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, and to the Committee of the Convocation in Toronto, 
including the reception and entertainment of the delegates and their ladies 
who looked after the arrangements. 


The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. 
Comp. John A. M. Taylor: — 


R. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid, 

357 Waverley Street, Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Howard Coleman, 

104 Lincoln Park Avenue, Sarnia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Harold Shannon, Q.C., 

4 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Dr. William C. Blackwell, 

22 Cambridge St., Lindsay, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Tannahill, 

Apt. 506, 740 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto 12, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

512 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Rev. G. O. Davies Assistant Grand Chaplain 

Morrisburg, Ont 
V. Ex. Comp. John A. Burton Grand Senior Sojourner 

153 Brookdale Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Edward H. Stanners Grand Junior Sojourner 

298 Lake Shore Road, Mimico, Ont. 


V. Ex. Comp. William Charles Pescod Grand Sword Bearer 

89 (.kn Ave., Ottawa 1. Ont. 
\ 1 \ Comp. Albert Charles Welk Grand Master 4th Veil 

4 Wellington St. \\\, Aurora, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Louis R. Brennan Grand Master 3rd Veil 

Ridgeville, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Fred H. Osborne Grand Master 2nd Veil 

Sarnia, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Prof. Norman MacDonald Grand Master 1st Veil 

Mc Master University, Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Herbert Dicken Grand Standard Bearer 

65 Eileen Ave., Toronto 9, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Harold Smith Grand Director of Ceremonies 

157 McLean Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Eldon Wilkinson Mitchell Assistant Gr. Dir. of Ceremonies 

34 Logan Ave., London, Ont. 
\ . Ex. Comp. Norman H. Hewitt Grand Organist 

56 Robinson St., Peterborough, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Reginald Jamieson Grand Pursuivant 

Port Credit, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Garnett Grand Steward 

159 Jones Ave., Toronto 
V. Ex. Comp. Peter Brown Grand Steward 

250 Queens Ave., London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Leonard S. Hope Grand Steward 

196 Colborne St., Oakville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Henry Sargent Grand Steward 

Box 273, Listowel, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alan Boyce Cousins Grand Steward 

109 Gillard St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Julius Hibner Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 1, Woodstock, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Adam Lorenz Hartimer Grand Steward 

Box 203, Orangeville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Andrew G. Bowie Grand Steward 

6 Charles St., Barrie, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Nesbit Grand Steward 

2 Black Creek Place, Toronto 9, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Elvin Russell Hodgson Grand Steward 

Main St., Picton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Victor Richards Grand Steward 

Box 566, Piescott, Ont 

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\. Ex. Comp. Roy Earl Isbester Grand Steward 

ss Sunnyside Ave., Ottawa, Ont, 

\ i \. Comp. I. B. Rogers Grand Steward 

1 1 l Ima St., Mimico, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Oscar Keffer Grand Steward 

Kitchener, Ont. 

\. l \. Comp. Walter Ernest Seeker Grand Steward 

225 Jedburgh Road. Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. ( omp. I hoinas Bonthron (.rand Steward 

48 Hull Ave., Port Arthur, Ont. 
V. Ex, (omp. Howard Bain Grand Steward 

158 Drinkwater St., Sudbury, Ont. 
V. Ex. (.omp. lied Arthur Childs Grand Steward 

Porquois Jet. Airport, Ont. 

(omp. Arthur H. Norton Grand Outer Guard 

58 Craighurst Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in Ample Form at 12.45 p.m., 
Toronto, Ontario, Thursday, April 23, 


Grand Scribe E. 

Tuesday evening, April 21, 1952, the Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. 
Alexander G. N. Bradshaw invited his Council, Executive Com- 
mittee, and Grand Chapter Officers to a dinner in the Yellow 
Room, King Edward Hotel, Toronto, in honor of his Distinguished 

The wives of our guests were entertained at a dinner in the 
Blue Room of the King Edward Hotel, Toronto, by Mrs. A. G. N. 
Bradshaw and her friends. 

Wednesday evening, April 22, 1953, the Annual Banquet was 
held in the Crystal Ballroom of the King Edward Hotel, the guest 
speaker being, Brother, Vers' Rev. R. Charles Brown, M.A., D.D. 
Dean of Huron, Rector of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Ontario, 


his talk was enlightening and humorous, the audience nearly 450 
applauded heartily throughout the address. 

Comp. Robert Ivan Foster, baritone, and his accompanist enter- 
tained with some interesting numbers, each very harmonious and 
delightful, Comp. Foster was very generous with his encores, the 
Grand Z expressed the thanks of Grand Chapter for the pleasure 
Comp. Foster had given us by this repeat performance. 

Special mention and sincere thanks are extended to all the 
chairmen of the committees and those assisting for their great team 
work and untiring efforts to make the 95th Annual Convocation 
a success. 

Numerous letters and telegrams of congratulations were received 
from our friends from Sister Jurisdictions. 

During the proceeding each of the distinguished guests was 
called on to express greetings, etc., from their respective Grand 
Bodies; which were thoroughly enjoyed by the Companions. 


R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand H. 

14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 


M. Ex. Comp. John Alexander Macdonald Taylor Grand Z. 

R.R. No. 1, Hornby, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, Q.C., Grand Z., 1939, 1940-1942 

52 Markland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C., Grand Z., 1943-1944 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Col. Reg. V. E. Conover O.B.E., Grand Z., 1945-1946 

Brampton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948 Grand Treasurer 

244 Holton Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts, 1949-1950 

Kenniston Apartments, Ottawa, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw, 1951-1952 

655 Waterloo Street, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham, Grand J. 

244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

400 Lake Promenade, Long Branch, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William J. Neville Grand Scribe N. 

24 Belmont St., Ottawa 



R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, 

137 John Street, London, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Norman Carrie, 

1905A Queen St. East, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 

134 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton, Ont 


R. Ex Comp. Benjamin Foss Nott, 
North Bay, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers, 

356 Janette St., Windsor, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 

9 Jane Street, Belleville, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle, 

Apt. 309, 51 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girvin, 

581 Weller St., Peterborough, Ontario. 


R. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid, 

357 Waverley Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. James Howard Coleman, 

104 Lincoln Park Avenue, Sarnia, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Shannon, Q.C., 
4 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Dr. William C. Blackwell, 
22 Cambridge St., Lindsay, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Tannahill, 

Apt. 506, 740 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto 12, Ont. 


(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean, 

244 Holton Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. DeForest Charles Patmore, 

10 Maple Drive, R.R. No. 3, Orillia, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, 
69 Fuller Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 


( Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 



M. Ex. Comps. Llewellyn F. Stephens (Chairman) , J. M. Burden, R. V. 
Conover, F. W. Dean, C. M. Pitts, A. G. N. Bradshaw. 


M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean (Chairman), R. E. Comp. D. C. Patmore, 
R Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney. 


R. Ex. Comp. B. F. Nott (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps, R. A. Willett, 
A. H. Jelly, S. H. Green, J. Dickie. 


R. Ex. Comp. A. F. Tannahill (Chairman) , Grand Scribe E., 
R. Ex. Comp. T. Williamson, A. Carwithen 


R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie (Chairman) , G. H. Shannon (Vice-Chairman) 

Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, Grand Scribe E., Chairman of Committee 

on Investments, the Auditor (Ex. Officio), M. Ex. Comps. J. M. Burden, R. V. 

Conover, F. W. Dean, C. M. Pitts, A. G. N. Bradshaw 


R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girvin (Chairman) , Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 

Grand Scribe E. 


M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw (Chairman) , M. Ex. Comps. L. F. 
Stephens, R. V. Conover 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C. (Chairman) . 


R. Ex. Comp. W. B. Stothers (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comps. J. J. Broadbent, 
A. W. Holt, H. O. Flintoff, G. C. Gibbins, J. E. Davidson, H. Sager 


R. Ex. Comp. Dr. W. C. Blackwell (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. Rev. R. D. 

McDonald, A. McGregor, W. Russell, O. Stephenson, G. A. Phillips, 

A. W. Sanderson. 


M. Ex. Comp. Col. R. V. E. Conover (Chairman). 

R. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comp. R. Clark (Vice-Chairman). 


M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts (Chairman) , Grand Council, Past Grand Z's, 
R. Ex. Comps. W. S. M. Enouy, J. H. Coleman. 


R. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle (Chairman), F. A. McDiarmid (Vice-Chairman) , 
M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean. 

M. Ex. Comps. R. V. Conover, L, F. Stephens, Q.C., J. M. Burden, Q.C. 



M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, Chairman 


M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, Q.C. (Chairman) Grand Council and P.G.Z's. 




Name of Chapter 

Where Held 

Regular Convocation 


Ancient Frontenac & 

Third Friday 


The Hiram 

Fourth Friday 

Fourth Wednesday 

First Monday 



St. Andrew & St. John 




The Moira 


First Tuesday 



Second Friday 







Fourth Friday 


Second Friday 

First Friday 










St. Mark's 

Third Tuesday 






McCallum. . 


Third Tuesday 



Third Monday 



Third Monday 







Port Hope 







St. Mary's 





Third Wednesday 


St. Thomas 



First Friday 


Third Tuesday 


Port Colborne 

First Thursday 


Third Tuesday 


Sussex-St. Lawrence 

First Monday 





Third Friday 



St. Paul's 

The Malloch 









Third Monday 




First Friday 


St. Clair. 

Third Thursday 


Third Friday 





Third Monday 







First Monday 






Third Tuesday 



First Principal Z. 
for the Year 1963 

R. S. Walker 

K M. Marshall 

E. H. Malton 

C. F. Tye 

A. W. Ayre 

D. W. McLean 

M. H. Hancock. . . . 

\V. Holywell 

R. A. Hamilton. . . . 

G. F. Garrioch 

R. Harrington 

Harold Horsley. . . . 
J. E. McCreary. . . . 

Dean Cook 

P. E. Hilson 

R. A. Reid 

G. L. Thompson. . . 
W. V. Foreman. . . . 

H. J. Wells 

Frank Martin 

W. A. Currey 

D. Thompson 

J. McHoul 

F. Shannon 

J. N. R. Thomas. . 

D. T. Crawford. . . 

E. J. Barrowclough 

T. Holbrook 

W. Robertson 

A. C. Baldwin 

W. C. Griffis 

F. H. May 

E. R. Best 

F. L. Searancke. . . 
W. H. Rolston. ... 
F. Layfield 

F. S. Goring 

I. A. McMeekin. . . 

G. C. Winger 

J. G. Ruston 

Dr. M. Pilkey 

D. B. Young 

K. M. Johnston 

N. L. Smith 

M. G. Creswick 

G. Thompson 

G. H. Thomas 

H. D. Hyndman. . . . 

John Aiken 

Roy Sweetman 

H. Hagerman 

C. Ashton 

R. Gibson 

J. E. Hartley 

J. K. Newns 

E. K. Hogaboom. . . . 

Harold Walker 

A. H. Smith 

J. H. Gardiner 

S. D. Lacev 

C. W. Brinkworth. . . 

R. B. Lackey 

A. J. H. MacDonald. 

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T. N. Clarke 

J. H. Forbes 

J. A. Elgie 

R. J. Gray 

A. Cavanagh 

J. E. Grady 

S. H. Lennox 

Arthur Lewis 

E. L. Treitz 

F. A. McDiarmid.... 

A. Wishart 

A. E. Coombs 

R. W. E. McFadden. 

E. A. Cook 

W. F. Tyrrell 

G. S. Atkins 

F. W. Sherbert 

R. H. Davidson 

N. W. Purdy 

A. W. Dayman 

F. R. Darrow 

E. R. Hodgson 

F. C. Ackert 

A. G. Bowie 

R. McNee 

D. Miller 

M. P. Wicket t 

J. A. Robertson. . . . 
W. Clothier 

E. J. Walters 

A. A. Kemp 

J. W. Durr 

L. H. Veale 

E. A. Hircock 

R. M. Story 

K. S. Woodward. . . 

A. N. Irvine 

C. J. Baxendale. . . . 

C. G. Carter 

A. I. Tongue 

H. N. McKenney. . . 

J. T. Kelly 

C. M. Platten 

R. J. Kincaid 

Wm. McQuitty. . . . 

C. C. Kilner 

C. A. Barber 

R. G. Barton 

C. D. Beckett 

F. E. Russ 

R. C. Brushett 

T. W. Solmes 

T. E. Armstrong. . . 

A. W. Holt 

Edwin Han-op 

C. H. Sheppard 

J. T. Cilchrist 

George Portice 

R. V. Edge 

Godfrev Gale 

B. C. Damude 

S. H. Green 

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White Oak 


St. John's 






King Cyrus 





St. Francis 

King Darius 



Fort William .... 



The St. Patrick . . 



St. John's 









The Beaches 




Temiskaming .... 

The Hamilton 

Hugh Murray. . . . 






Mount Sinai 

Northern Lights. . 



St. Alban's 

Prince Edward. . . 








Where Held 






Sault Ste. Marie 

Xorth Bay 







Carleton Place . . 




Southampton . . . 



Smiths Falls 




Fort William . . . 

Maxville , 





Vankleek Hill . . 
Rainy River 


Pembroke , 

Fort Frances . . . 
Dawson City . . . 




West Lome 


Campbellford . . 
Xew Liskeard . . 


Fort Erie N. . . . 





Russell , 








Lambton Mills . 



Iroquois Falls . . 



Regular Convocation 

Fourth Tuesday . . . 
Fourth Wednesday . 
Third Monday .... 
Third Thursday . . . 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Friday 

First Thursday . . . . 
Second Tuesday . . 
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First Monday 

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ANNUAL (o\\(>( \ll()\. TORONTO, 1953 

First Principal Z. 

for the Year 1953 

H. M. Dunlop. . . 

Robt. Clark 

Jack Bailey 

Rov Price 

W. B. Walker... 

W. Lett 

H. S. Barber 

Gordon Brown . 
H. S. Ewing 

D. H. Robertson. 

W. II. Baton 

K. E. Parks 

J. B. Ravmer. . . 

F. J. Vout 

I. Marshall 

H. G. Lynn 

H. Dungev 

C. Mitchell 

I. L. Inglis 

G. Gardner . . . . 
Robt. McCleary. 
C. White 

E. N. Ballard. . . 
H. O. Hughes . . 
W. .1. Jamieson. . 

C. B. McDermid. 
James D. Hulin. 
R. F. Higgins. . . 
Louis Schure. . . . 
L. MacDonald . . 

S. Hunter 

P. A. Parker. . . . 
R. R. Roberts... 

D. Burns 

Paul Freeburg. . . 

E. K. Rupert. . . 

J. H. Lindsay. . . . 

R. F. Dafoe 

F. W. Shuker.... 
D. Carniichael. . . 

J. R. Parrott 

I. Meier 

J. L. Runnals. 

C. R. Smith 

R. Jones 

Fred Kline 

R. Skinner 

D. Barnett 

Gordon W. Greig. 

D. Cohen 

F. Jackson 

S. McAuslan 

L. B. Mellow 

1 E. Bedwell 

W. Newell 

( l. Antlionv 

H. Miller.: 

W. M. Leonard . . . 

H. N. Corbett 

H . Beaton 

W. Runciman 

H. W. Richardson 

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E. II. Logan 

('. 11. Quinton. . . . 

J. B. Wallace 

Geo. MeCombe 

P. A. Coates 

(i. Hall 

B. F. Nott 

J. G. Hadden 

O. B. Phillips 

W. B. McCoimcll.. 

B. T. Robertson. . . 

H. Young 

H. J. Broughton. . . 

II. C. Skinner 

W. R. Cooper 

Gordon Bloomfield 
Fred Portertield. . . 
Howard Yates. . . . 

G. G. Sinclair 

J. N. MacMillan. . 

C. A. Bailey 

F. H. Johnston. . . . 

J. K. Noble 

E. A. Snell 

G. H. Iddon 

W. S. McLean 

C. A. Wilson 

J. R. Legecy 

W. II. Sargent. . . . 
A. C. Agnew 

D. A. Irvine 

W. Hirst 

H. Steels 

C. W. Fraser 

J. B. Edgar 

John Burnett 

R. G. Menchions . 

E. L. Walker 

D. Kernohan 

T. Middleton 

R.J. Lemon 

W. L. Bell 

W. II. Brady 

V. Dinesen 

E. Greenhalgh. . . . 
J. A. Bell 

E. A. Hav 

H. K. Mavnard. .. 

II. A. Todd 

H. S. Sparks 

A. Walker 

S. Pearlman 

Frank Wills 

J. S. Maddock. . . . 

T. B. Rogers 

J. A. Mackie 

S. Patterson 

R. A. Boddv 

VY. M. Creech 

H. C. McKecknie. 
A. H. McKee 

F. J. Bean 

J. S. Drvsdale 

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Fourth Tuesday j 

Second Thursday 


Port Credit 

Port Credit 


The St. Clair 




First Wednesday 




Third Friday . . 



Fourth Thursday 

Fourth Thursday 






Fourth Monday 





St. Paul's 




Third Tuesday 


Third Friday 


Third Thursday 




Thomas Peters 





First Monday 

Third Monday 

Second Wednesday 



First Monday 


Regal. . 


Golden Star . . 

Third Monday 






First Wednesday 



1-G. E. Bould, J. A. Rickaby. 3-0. R. Knott. 4-M. E. Cooper, F. F. Martel. 
5-C. S. Harris, R. C. Rogers. 6-W. Brown. 7-F. Tulk, C. D. Crosby. 
8— H. Livessy, C. Simpson, T. Chapman, J. L. MacAndrews, C. F. Clarkson. 
15-H. E. McNames. 16-R. W. Empey, M. Hannaford, P. D. Scharfe, E. 
Niman. 19-G. F. Swan. 20-R. W. Devereux. 23-C. L. Blaney, N. J. H. 
Green, F. J. Renwick, G. G. Kent, J. D. Bronton. 24-F. H. Taylor, G. L. Ratz. 
26-F. E. Farlinger. 28-L. D. Colbeau, E. J. Harlock. 29-L. E. McKibbon, 
A. Lymburner. 30-C. Langille. 31 -J. M. Carter, K. Terry. 32-S. E. Steven- 
son, D. G. Nairn. 34-W. S. Barnard. 36-C. W. Justice, M. G. Hardhill, G. 
R. Wooll. 40-A. Linton, C. D. McAlpine. 41-C. E. Shaw, F. S. Newman. 
44-W. L. Bell. 53— J. S. Green. 54-C. Clark. 55— J. H. Darnell. 59-G. F. 
Phillips. 62-T. Foulkes, E. Brook, S. Crump, W. Thatcher. 64-H. M. 
Newton. 65— A. A. Atkinson. 66— C. G. Salter, J. S. Cluff. 69— J. Reekie. 
73-L. Fox, R. W. M. Thomson. 75— J. E. Bell, H. R. Anderson. 77-F. J. 
Brooks, T. Norbury, H. B. Stoneham, W. Jones. 79-J. McK. Scott. 80-T. G. 
Sims, A. C. Hall, C. E. Johnson. 81-C. B. Monteith, L. D. Stocks, G. Campbell. 
82-H. Seegmiller. 90-E. Wheatley, W. W. Duncan, A. W. Bettor, C. Skene. 
91-C. T. Mason, R. A. Jennings, H. V. Preece, J. V. Mills, H. C. Rice. 95- 



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C. D. Wallace.... 
J. A. Ireland 

E. Parkinson 

R. S. Ritchie 

J. Banks 

F. Ackland 

Win. Croinar. . . . 

T. Newton 

J. Forster 

F. Marsh 

G. Bayly 

G. Furler 

II. A. Parkes 

J. Lawrence 

G. H. Boden 

E. Weight 

J. Johnson 

A. G. Brown 

C. J. Foley 

W. II. Gibson.. . . 

E. H. Fencott 

E. J. Harris 

J. S ; Breakey. . . . 
A. E. Williamson. 
R. R. Douglas. . . 

G. B. Covle 

E. W. Steeves.... 
David Spence. . . . 

L. V. Wood 

\V. M. Harlow. . . . 
E. S. McNeice. . . . 

L. J. Colling 

Robert Pick 

A. E. I lay ward. . . . 

I '.has. W ray 

Frank Hope 

A. T. Lang 

A. V. Sedgwick... 
George Monkhouse 
S. Magder 

E. l'ickles 

F. (1. .Sheppard . . . 

J. H. Lee 

A. P. Hertel 

W. Allen 

John Johnson 

Geo. R. Clarke 

L. W. Dippell 

Walter Hockney. . . 

M. Kaplan 

R. A. Bond 

Vernon Ryerse .... 
Arthur R. Arnold. . 

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E. St. C. Bent. J. D. Yuill, S. J. Craig, J. Savage. 112— W. Beckstead. 113— E. C. 
Gourlay. 114-A. J. Finseth. 117-X. W. Snape, J. H. N. Mills, J. A. Welch. 
129-W. O. Carroll. 132-H. Cook. 133-W. J. Dixon. 135-C. M. Heard, 
J. E. Madill, L. C. Murphy. 138— J. T. Forrest. 140-G. W. Graves, T. Pape.. 
145-F. J. Tomlinson, E. K. Bowen, H. Love, W. H. Lakin, J. J. Ward, L. S. 
Elsie. 146-R. W. Houghton, W. C. Dickson, R. R. Finlay. 150-A. A. Jack- 
son. 153-A. H. Jared. 155— J. R. Woolley. 163-G. H. Ingram, A. M. Reid. 
167-V. A. Lawrence, C. R. Johnston. 168-T. P. Lancaster, J. D. Mills. 169— 
R. J. Jowsey, M. W. Hotchkin. 175— J. Carroll. 198-H. C. Budd. 212- 
G. Bernstein, M. Firestone, E. Rose, A. Fisher, S. Fisher, D. Pulva, P. Levine, 
S. C. Kaplan. 213-F. J. Shedlar. 214— A. K. Campbell. 215-E. A. Sheppard, 

A. Palmer. 219-W. Woodrow, J. Campbell, S. Campbell. 222— T. Moore, 

F. E. Anderson, A. H. Hasson, H. G. Simpson, J. Potts, H. K. Nettleton, G. W. 
Richardson. 223-C. D. Morrison. 225-J. F. Hamilton, H. Pendleton, C. T. 
Willmott, J. Little. 226-F. Hart. 230-D. McKendry, C. Patchett, A. Couse, 
R. M. Parkinson. 232-H. Gibson, D. M. Kirkpatrick. 238-C. H. Line, 
P.C.Hunt. 240-E. Mclntyre. 241-W. Davies. 243-L. A. Spittal. 245- 

G. O. Thompson, W. C. Moore. 246-W. B. Hillmer. 2.")0-C. R. Smith. A 

B. Milne, W. Johnson. 251-W. E. Blewett, A. I. Wright, O. H. Staples, F. 
Silkstone. 253-L. A. Clarke. 254-C. \V. Aitken, A. W . Mountford. 



1-R. Haight, W. J. McLeese, W. A. Prowse. 2-T. N. Stables, G. S. Coulthard, 
J. T. R. Thompson, G. A. Brown, A. E. Hollings. 3-A. C. Mann. 5— E. H. 
Weaver, F. R. Somerville. 6— R .Castle, J. P. Wade. 7-G Stackhouse. 16— 

C. E. Hickman, J. McL. Whyte, E. H. Lee, R. L. Cowan, D. A. Rosborongh, 
J. R. Cook. 19-R. J. Bcesley, E. D. Hopkinson, William Webb, J. T. Murdock, 
James Kemp. 23-R. L. Hudson, H. L. Johnson. 24-W. W. Pratt. 26— 

B. G. Graham, H. D. Graham. 28-L. Walker. 34— J. R. Hodges, S. Kain, 
M. A. Hines, H. L. Jones, C. Parker, J. V. Demitoff. 35-F. H. Kennedy. 40- 
G. A. Stephenson. 41— F. A. Meyers, J. G. Chambers, A. T. Sterling. 54 — 
E. Anger, C. B. Moffatt, J. H. Stevens, W. Stewart. 57-T. G. Simmons, W. 

D. Harper. 59-W. D. Rogerson, G. W. Kells, E. M. Winford, T. Deackman, 
S. E. Bailey. 62-K. H. Funnell, P. L. Kerr, W. J. Tate. 65-R. G. Mimms, 
H. Brock. 73-R. J. Newman, H. Leitch, W. Carnegie, J. C. Steckley. 78-K. P. 
McKenzie. 79-G. H. Allen. 80-J. L. Corby, N. D. White. 82-E. Martell, 
P. Kitchen, S. W. McDonald, J. A. Wishart, B. Harling, W. A. Bold, J. A. 
Baillie, H. T. Fisher. 90-R. F. Peturson, E. Diamond, F. Baznal, N. L. 
]urguesen, J. J. Heinzman, F. Rein. 94-S. P. Beall, S. R. Caren, T. H. Fowler, 
M. McKee. 95-W. C. A. Young, W. E. Wilson. 102-C. M. Ramsay, E. 
Weeks, L. W. Gerhardt. 103-G. N. Colville. I10-A. Orr. 115- J. A. 
Dickerson. 129-W. Yule. 131-G. F. Hepburn. 140-R. E. Fummerton, 
W. Sinclair, K. Lee, A. E. Southon, C. A. Olson. 143-G. W. Upton, D. D. 
MacKinnon. 145— R. W. Cowan, W. E. Lunn, A. Marrs, M. D. C. McRae, 
J. McClure, N. V. Curzon, T. N. Dean, G. E. McRitchie, C. McCurdy, A. P. 
Ellis, H. W. Thompson, M. L. G. Armstrong, E. R. Kay, N. P. Death, G. I. 
Lloy, H. Fisher. 149— F. M. Whiteway. 150— W. E. Lipskey, W. Lewis, H. R. 
de Jausserand, B. P. Saunders. 151-C. J. Elliott. 155-R. J. W. Armes, J. 
P. Fitzgerald, W. Woodward. 164-A. Fleming, W. Frank. 167-A. C. Price, 

C. K. Aitkens, R. J. Roach, G. Lynn, C. W. Brennan, W. F. McCallum. 198 
— F. H. Munro, L. C. Newton, B. B. Burtchael, V. L. Fountaine, R. Wilson. 
215^D. E. Johnston, F. Wilson, M. Giles, M. Grant, G. Shepherd. 217-W. H. 
Brighting. 219-H. Massie, J. Fairfoul, W. D. Calder, A. F. Stoneman, Lowrey 
Webb, James, J. Faulds, N. Cook, G. Cooke, H. Heys, G. Chambers, A. Young, 
C. McDonald. 222-W. J. Stuart, A. E. Goulden, J. G. MacMurdo. 223-A. A. 
Boyd. 224-Wm. Gardner. 225-H. S. Pettibone, D. H. Reid, Wm. J. Wright, 
K. Calvin. 227-C. Brown. 230-W. M. Courtney, W. J. Walterhouse, n! 
Nichol, A. H. Browning, S. Smith. 231-W. Marquis, H. F. Tanner. 233- 
T. H. Armstrong, G. R. Armstrong. 239-A. G. Eades, E. A. Eastman, C. Dent, 
A. R. Mclntyre, A. Burnham, A. D. Simpson, W. H. Hanna, C. F. Tunmety, 
P. C. Lanz. 240-A. Christmas. 243-A. C. J. Reid. 247- A. E. Mellish. 250 
-A. McKee, A. J. Heathcote, F. Nixon, W. R. Dickson, E. T. Davies, W. Hughes, 
R. E. Kennedy. 252-E. J. Jacques. 254-R. C. Dancy. 

Chapter No. 1-R. M. Seymour. 2-G. A. Brown. 16— J. A. MacDonald 18- 
W. B. Skinner. 20-Albert Yapp, A. J. Cox. 32-C. F. Lawson. 36-E T 
Johnston. 46-D. C. White. 59-H. N. Somerville. 78-A. E. Salisbury 
81-W. J. Wakeling. 84-H. McGee. 91-Wm. Mulholland, T. E. Bolton A 

E. Higgs. 94-Gcorge Brooks, S. P. Beall. 95-A. Godfrey. 103-G F Wild 
R.F.Mcintosh. 110-A. Orr. 150-G. H. Meadows. 164-H. Gilchrist 169- 
H S Rood, G. A. Macmillan. 212— J. Abrams. 217-E. W. Kidd 218-F 
W. Fleming. 250-A. G. Pirak. 



Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Arthur Willett 
Box 156 Wheatley, Ont. 

No. No. 

47. Wellington Chatham 119. King Cyrus Leamington 

71. Prince of Wales Amherstburg 153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

73. Erie Ridgetown 164. Lome West Lome 

80. Ark Windsor 239. Blenheim Blenheim 

88. MacNabb Dresden 250. Thomas Peters Windsor 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Arthur W r illiam Holt 
Strathroy, Ont. 

No. No. 

3. St. John's London 81. Aylmer Aylmer 

5. St. George's London 150. London London 

15. Wawanosh Samia 214. Vimy Inwood 

53. Bruce Petrolia 238. The St. Andrew London 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

74. Beaver Strathroy 247. Nilestown Nilestown 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 252. Hiawatha Sarnia 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Alexander McGregor 
509 Colborne St., Brantford, Ont. 

No. No. 

18. Oxford Woodstock 41. Harris Ingersoll 

20. Mount Horeb Brantford 115. Brant Paris 

23. Ezra Simcoe 253 Regal Port Dover 

255. Tillsonburg Tillsonburg 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Albert Henry Jelly 
Box 143 Shelbume, Ont. 

No. No. 

32. Waterloo Gait 218. Prince Edward Shelbume 

40. Guleph Guelph 221. Durham Durham 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 234. Halton Georgetown 

83. Ionic Orangeville 245. Preston Preston 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. James Travice Broadbent 
64 Sherman Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 

No. No. 

2. The Hiram Hamilton 175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

6. St. John's Hamilton 224. Keystone Hamilton 

75. St. Clair Milton 236. Caledonia Caledonia 

104. White Oak Oakville 243. McKay Stoney Creek 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 



Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Stephenson 
Southampton, Ont. 

No. No. 

24. Tecumseth Stratford 84. Lebanon Wingham 

30. Huron Goderich 129. Elliot Mitchell 

46. St. James St. Marys 130. Chantry Southampton 

63. Havelock Kincardine 146. Bernard Listowel 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 147. Lucknow Lucknow 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. James Dickie 
72 Chaplin Ave., St. Catharines, Ont. 

No. No. 

19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 69. Grimsby Grimsby 

29. McCallum Dunnville 76. Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

55. Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake 184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 240. Smithville Smithville 

64. Willson Welland 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Albert Carwithen 
63 Glenwood Crescent, Toronto 13, Ont. 

No. No. 

4. St. Andrew & St. John Toronto 163. The Beaches Toronto 

8. King Solomon's Toronto 205. Victoria Thornhill 

62. York Toronto 217. St. Alban's Toronto 

6.5. St. Paul's Toronto 225. Beaver Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 235. Aurora Aurora 

135. Succoth Uxbridge 241. University Toronto 

145. The St. Patrick Toronto 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Thomas H. Williamson 
396 Margueretta St., Toronto, Ont. 

No. No. 

77. Occident Toronto 220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

91. Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 230. Port Credit Port Credit 

138. Shekinah Toronto 231. The St. Clair Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 232. King Cyrus Toronto 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 233. Oakwood Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 246. Humber Weston 

219. Ulster Toronto 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. William Russell 
406 Gill St., Orillia, Ont. 

No. No. 

27. Manitou Collingwood 131. Amabel Wiarton 

34. Signet Barrie 167. Kichikewana Midland 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 198. Couchiching Orillia 


ONTARIO nisi RICT, No. 10 

Grand Superintendent R Ex. Comp. Harold Orr I lintoff 
513 Rogers Street, Oshawa, Ont. 

No. No. 

28. Penulpha Oshawa 94. Midland Lindsay 

35. Keystone Whitby 110. Warkworth Warkworth 

36. Corinthian Peterboro 134. King Darius Cannington 

37. Victoria Porl Hope His. Ionic Campbellford 

4f). Excelsior Colborne 249. Palestine Bowmanville 

48. St. John's Cobourg 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Henry Sager 
69 Heber St., Trenton, Ont. 

No. No. 

7. The Moira Belleville 72. Keystone Stirling 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 144. Prcsqu'Ile Brighton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 161. Madoc Madoc 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 227. Quinte Friendship Belleville 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. George C. Gibbins 
Box 483 Gananoque, Ont. 

No. No. 

1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui 68. Maitland Kemptville 

Kingston 112. St. John's Morrishurg 

22. Grenville Prescott 113. Covenant Cornwall 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence ... Brockville 132. Leeds Gananoque 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. George Albert Phillips, Jr. 
39 Daniel St., Smiths Falls, Ont. 

No. No. 

16. Carleton Ottawa 148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61. Granite Almonte 151. Laurentian Pembroke 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 210. Kitchener Russell 

116. Maple Carleton Plaec 222. Ottawa Ottawa 

133. St. Francis Smiths Falls 226. Prince of Wales Perth 

143. Glengarry Maxville 248. Dochert Arnprior 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Samuel H. Green 
Port Arthur, Ont. 

No. No. 

82. Shuniah Port Arthur 149. At wood Rainy River 

90. Golden Kenora 152. Alberton Ft. Frances 

140. Ft. William Ft. William 254. Golden Star Dryden 



Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. James Earl Davidson 
34 The Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

No. No. 

58. Pembroke Mattawa 102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

95 Tuscan Sudbury 103. St. John's North Bay 

257. Espanola Espanola 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. Albert Watson Sanderson 
Haileybury, Ont. 

No. No. 

169. Temiskaming New Liskeard 223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 


Grand Superintendent R. Ex. Comp. J. R. Meek 
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory 

154. Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 

256. Yukon Whitehorse, Y.T. 

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Chaptei No. 

1. R s Walker. 125 Colborne St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. Edward M. Marshall. 137 Emerald St. South, Hamilton, Ont. 

3. Finest M. Walton, 1293 York St., London, Ont. 

4. C. I rye, 100 Mountview Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

5. A. W. Awe. 22 Connaughl Avenue, London, Ont. 

6. D. W. McLean, 201 Sherman Street, Hamilton, Ont. 

7. Movlev Hancock, 1S9 John Street. Belleville. Ont. 

8. William Holywell, 299 Donlands Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

15. Robert A. Hamilton, 203 Arthur St. North, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. Grant Garrioch, 24 Viger Street, Hull, Quebec 

18. Rav Harrington, 55 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Ont. 

19. W. R. Harold Horsley, 89i/ 2 Henry Street, St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. James E. Mc dreary, 17 Blossie Street, Brantford, Ont. 

22. Dean Cook, R.R. No. 2, Domville, Ont. 

23. P. E. Hilson, 192 Main Street, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. R. A. Reid, 8 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ont. 

26. G. L. Thompson, 6 Bowen Drive, Trenton, Ont. 

27. W. V. Foreman, 288 Hnrontario Street, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. H. J. Wells, 107 Westmoreland Avenue, Oshavva, Ont. 

29. F. R. Martin, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. William A. Currey, Godcrich, Ont. 

31. Donald Thompson, R.R. No. 3, Picton, Ont. 

32. James C. McHoul, 49 Haddington Street, Gait, Ont. 

34. Dr. F. Shannon, 23 Davis Street, Barrie, Ont. 

35. J. Norman Thomas, Palace Street, Whitby, Ont. 

36. D. T. Crawford, 12 Aberdeen Avenue, Peterborough. Ont. 

37. E. J. Barrowclough, R.R. No. 3, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. T. Holbrook, Fergus, Ont. 

41. William Robertson, P.O. Box 811, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. A. C. Baldwin, R.R. No. 3, Napanee, Ont. 

45. W. C. Griffis, Colborne, Ont. 

46. F. H. May, St. Mary's Ont. 

47. E. R. Best, R.R. No. 1, Chatham, Ont. 

48. Francis L. Searancke, 100 James St. West, Cobourg, Ont. 

53. W. H. Rolston, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. Frank Layfield, 165 Wbodworth Avenue, St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. F. S. Goring, R.R. No. 4, St. Catharines. Ont. 

56. J. Albert McMeekin, 450 - 13th St. A.W., Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. G. C. Winger, 258 Elm Street, Port Colborne, Ont. 

59. James G. Rushton, 164 James Street East, Brockville, Ont. 

61. M. Pilkey, Almonte, Ont. 

62. D. B. Young, 167 Keewatin Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

63. K. M. Johnston, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. Norman L. Smith, 98 Dorothy Street, Welland, Ont. 

65. Maurice G. Creswick, 200 Strathallan Boulevard, Toronto, Ont. 

66. George Thompson, Hensall, Ont. 

67. G. H. Thomas, Box 293, Markham, Ont. 

68. H. D. Hyndman, Kemptville, Ont. 

69. J. Aiken, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. Roy Sweetman, Essex, Ont. 

72. Harold W. Hagerman, R.R. No. 2, Stirling, Ont. 

73. Clifford Ashton, R.R. No. 1, Morpeth, Ont. 

74. Ray Gibson, Strathroy, Ont. 


Chapter No. 

7 Joseph E. Hartley. R.R. No. 6, Milton. Ont. 

76. j. K. Ncwn. 2107 Valley Way, Niagara Falls. Ont. 

77. E. K. Hogaboom. 450 Gladstone Avenue. Toronto, Ont. 

78. Harold Walpcr, R.R. No. 3, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. Arthur H. Smith. 25 Bellamy Road (Box 183), Cliffcrcst, P.O., Ont. 

80. J. H. Gardiner. 1894 Wescott Road, Windsor, Ont. 

81. S. D. Lacev. Aylmer, Ont. 

B2 C. W. Brinkworth, 11 Stokes Street. Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. Robert B. Lackev, P.O. Box 200. Orangeville, Ont. 

84. A. J. H. MacDonald, Wingham, Ont. 
88. H. Dunlop, I urnerville, Ont. 

90. Robert Clark, Bay Street, Keewatin. Ont. 

91. Jack Bailey, 863 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto, 4, Ont. 

94. Roy Price, Lindsay, Ont. 

95. Wm. B. Walker, Coniston, Ont. 

102. Wm. F. Lett, 5 Kensington Terrace, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. H. S. Barber. Ferris P.O., Ont. 

104. Gordon Brown, William Street, Oakville, Ont 
110. H. S. Ewing, Wooler, Ont. 

112. D. H. Robertson, Iroquois, Ont. 

113. W. H. Eaton, 37 Fourth Street East, Cornwall, Ont. 

114. K. E. Parks, Box 674, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. Jos. B. Raymer, R.R. No. 1, St. George, Ont. 

116. F. J. Vout, Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. Ivan Marshall, 133 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Harry G. Lynn, Wheatley, Ont. 

129. Howard Dungey, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. Charles Mitchell, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. T. L. Inglis, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. Gerald Gardner, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. Robert McCreary, 75 Aberdeen Street, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. F. H. Johnston, Pefferlaw, Ont. 

135. N. E. Ballard, R.R. No., Port Perry, Ont. 

138. Harold O. Hughes, 14 Maryland Boulevard, Toronto, Ont. 

140. Wm. J. Jamieson, 1006 Tarbutt Street, Fort William, Ont. 

143. C. B. McDermid, Maxville, Ont. 

144. James D. Hulin, Brighton, Ont. 

145. R. F. Higgins, 156 McCrae Drive, Toronto, Ont. 

146. L. Schure, Listowel, Ont. 

147. Leonard MacDonald, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. Stanley H. Hunter, R.R. No. 2, Hawkesbury, Ont. 

149. P. A. Parker, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. R. Ron Roberts, 797 Curry Street, London, Ont. 

151. Dalton Burns, 332 Esther Street, Pembroke, Ont. 

152. Paul Freeberg, 232 - 2nd Street East, Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. E. K. Rupert, 1033 James Street, Wallaceburg, Ont. 
155. H. J. Lindsay, Middle-port, Ont. 

161. R. F. Dafoe, Madoc, Ont. 

163. Fred Shuker, 286 Kennedy Road, Toronto, Ont. 

164. Dougal Carmichael, West Lome, Ont. 

167. J. R. Parrott, 261 Midland Avenue, Midland, Ont. 

168. Jack Meier, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. J. L. Runnalls, Haileybury, Ont. 

175. C. R. Smith, 97 Highcliffe Avenue, Hamilton, Ont. 

184. Robert Jones, 2 Plullip Street, Fort Erie, Ont. 

ANN! M. ( (>\\<>(.\ I ION, rORONTO, 1953 169 

Chapter No. 

195. Fred Kline, 40 David Street, Brampton, Out. 

198. Reginald Skinner, 61 Jarvis Street, Orillia, Ont. 

203. D. Barnett, Latthford, Ont. 

205. Gordon W. Grcig, 82 Elmwood Avenue, Willowdale, Ont. 

212. D. Cohen, 189 Baldwin Street, Toronto, Ont. 

213. lied Jackson, 294 Patricia Blvd., Tinnnins, Ont. 

214. Stanley McAnslan, R.R. No. 1, In.vood, Ont. 

215. L. B. Mellow, 209 Aileen Avenue, Mimico, Ont. 

217. Joseph E. Bedwell, 9 MacNanghton Road, Toronto, Ont. 

218. Wilfred Newell, Route 3, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. Garfield Anthony, 17 Waterton Road, Toronto 15, Ont. 

220. Harold Miller, R.R. No. 1, Maple, Ont. 

221. W. M. Leonard, Durham, Ont. 

222. H. N. Corbett, 334 Fairmont Avenue, Ottawa, Ont. 

223. Howard J. Beaton, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. Wm. Runciman, Box 245, Grimsby, Ont. 

225. H. W. Richardson, 129 Scarboro Road, Toronto, Ont. 

226. Charles D. Wallace, Perth, Ont. 

227. John A. Ireland, 36 Chatham Street, Belleville, Ont. 

230. Eugene Parkinson, John St. South, Port Credit, Ont. 

231. R. Stanley Ritchie, 41 Winnett Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
232 John Banks, 590 Christie Street, Toronto, Ont. 

233. F. Ackland, 47 Farrell Street, Toronto, Ont. 

234. William Cromar, R.R. No. 2, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. Thomas Newton, Aurora, Ont. 

236. John H. Forster, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. F. Marsh, 425 Wharncliffe Road South, London, Ont. 

239. George Bayly, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. George Furler, R.R. No. 1, Fruitland, Ont. 

241. H. A. Parkes, 176 Highbourne Road, Toronto 12, Ont. 

242. James Lawrence, 189 Elmwood Avenue, London, Ont. 
243 G. Harry Boden, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

245. Edward T. Weight, West River Road, Gait, Ont. 

246. J. Johnson, 143 Northlands Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

247. A. G. Brown, R.R. No. 8, London, Ont. 

248. C. J. Folev, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. W. H. Gibson, Newcastle, Ont. 

250. Ernest H. Fencott, 516 Giles Blvd. East, Windsor, Ont. 

251. E. J. Harris, 2 Government Road East, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. S. Breakey, 456 Cromwell Street, Sarnia, Ont. 

253. A. E. Williamson, Port Dover, Ont. 

254. John B. Davison, 89 Abert Street, Dryden, Ont. 

255. Gordon B. Coyle, Tillson Avenue, Tillsonburg, Ont. 

256. E. W. Steeves, P.O. Box 246, Whitehorse, Y.T. 

237. S. D. Spence, Espanola, Ont. 



Chapter No, 

1. T. N. Clarke, 173 MacDonnell Street, Kingston, Ont. 

2. J. Herbert Forbes, 24 Binkley Crescent, Hamilton, Out. 

3. James A. Elgie, 907 Lome Avenue, London, Ont. 

4. Robert J. Gray, 70 Beechborough Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

5. Abraham Cavanagh, 585 St. James Street, London, Ont. 

6. John E. Grady, 85 Balmoral Avenue South. Hamilton, Ont. 

7. S. H. Lennox, 265 Bleecker Avenue, Belleville, Ont. 

8. Arthur Lewis, 222 Ellerslie Avenue, Willowdale, Ont. 

15. E. L. Treitz, 455 Cromwell Street, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. F. A. McDiarmid, 357 Waverley Street, Ottawa, Ont. 

18. Alex. Wishart, 45 Wellington Street South, Woodstock, Ont. 

19. A. E. Coombs, 197 Church Street, St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart Street, Brantford, Ont. 

22. E. A. Cook, Prescott, Ont. 

23. W. F. Tyrrell, 240 Kent Street South, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. Geo. S. Atkins, 257 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ont. 

26. Frank W. Sherbert, 116 King Street, Trenton, Ont. 

27. R. H. Davidson, 361 Cedar Street, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. N. W. Purdy, 382 King Street West, Oshawa, Ont. 

29. A. W. Dayman, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. F. R. Darrow, Box 277, Goderich, Ont. 

31. E. R. Hodgson, Box 433, Picton, Ont. 

32. F. C. Ackert, 1 Lincoln Avenue, Gait, Ont. 

34. A. G. Bowie, 132 Sanford Street, Barrie, Ont. 

35. R. McNec, Box 211, Whitby, Ont. 

36. D. Miller, 312 Boswell Avenue, Peterborough, Ont. 

37. Mark P. Wickett, 3 Ward Street, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. James A. Robertson, 81 Arthur Street, Guelph, Ont. 

41. William Clothier, Box 704, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. Ernest J. Walters, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 

45. A. A. Kemp, Box 45, Castleton, Ont. 

46. J. W. Durr, St. Mary's, Ont. 

47. L. H. Veale, 175 Thames Street, Chatham, Ont. 

48. E. A. Hircock, 23 Charles Street, Cobourg, Ont. 

53. Robert M. Story, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan Street, St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. A. X. Irvine, R.R. No. 2, St. Catharines, Ont. 

56. Dr, C. J. Baxendale, 900 - 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. C. G. Carter, 245 Alexandra Street, Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. A. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. H. N. McKcnney, 16 Beecher Street, Brockville, Ont. 

61. J. L. MacMullan, Box 371, Almonte, Ont. 

62. C. M. Platten, 52 Donegall Drive, Toronto 12, Ont. 

63. R. J. Kincaid, P.O. Box 217, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. Wm. McQuitty, 17 Wilton Avenue, Welland, Ont. 

65. C. C. Kilner, 129 Adelaide St. West, Toronto, Ont. 

66. C. A. Barber, Box 486, Seaforth, Ont. 
(»7. R. G. Barton, Box 212, Palmers ton, Ont. 

68. C. D. Beckett, Kemptville, Ont. 

69. F. E. Russ, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. R. Charles Brushett. P.O. Box 218, Essex, Ont. 

72. LTiornas W. Solrnes, Court House Building, Belleville, Ont. 

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Chapter No. 

73. Thomas ¥.. Armstrong, Box 826, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. A. W. Holt. Box 24S, Strmthroy, Ont. 

75. I (twin Harrop, R.R. No. 5, Milton. Ont. 

76. C. H. Sbeppard, 1896 Delaware Street. Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. James T. Gilchrist, 468 Gladstone Avenue, Toronto 4, Ont. 

78. George Port ice. R.R. No. 7, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. Robert V. Edge, 1A North Logan Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

80. Godfrey Gale, 1095 Bruce Avenue. Windsor, Ont. 

81. Basil C, Damude, Aylmer, Ont. 

82. S. H. Green, 669 Red River Road. Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. A. L. Hartmier, Box 203, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. J. A. Rutherford, Box 368. Wingham, Ont. 
88. Edward H. Logan, Box 451, Dresden, Ont. 

90. C. H. Quinton, Box 586, Kenora, Ont. 

91. John B. Wallace, 514 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto 12, Ont. 

94. G. McCombe, 41 Elgin Street, Lindsay, Ont. 

95. P. A. Goates, 107 Tine Street, Sudbury, Ont. 

102. George Hall, 34 Wemyss Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. Dr. B. F. Nott, Box 55, North Bay, Ont. 

104. John G. Hadden, R.R. No. 2, Oakville, Ont. 
110. O. B. Phillips, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. W. B. McConnell, Box 397, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. E. T. Robertson, 237 York Street, Cornwall, Ont. 

114. H. Young, Box 674, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. H. J. Broughton, Box 402, Paris, Ont. 

116. H. C. Skinner, Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. W. R. Cooper, 68 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Gordon Bloomfield, 10 Howard Avenue, Leamington, Ont. 

129. Fred Porterfield, Box 16, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. Howard Yates, Port Elgin. Ont. 

131. Gordon G. Sinclair, Box 292, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. J. N. MacMillan, Box 1005, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Avenue, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. F. H. Johnston, Pefferlaw, Ont. 

135. J. K. Noble, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. E. A. Snell, 65 Hewitt Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

140. George H. Iddon. 340 S. Franklin Street, Fort William, Ont. 

143. W. S. McLean, Maxville, Ont. 

144. Charles A. Wilson, Brighton, Ont. 

145. J. R. Legecv, 48 Braeside Road, Toronto 12, Ont. 

146. W. H. Sargent, Listowel, Ont. 

147. A. C. Agnew, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. Dr. D. A. Irvine, Box 171, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. William Hirst, Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. Harold Steels, R.R. No. 1, London, Ont. 

151. C. W. Fraser, Box 54, Pembroke, Ont. 

152. J. B. Edgar, 602 Church Street, Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. John Burnett, 444 Duncan Street, Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. R. G. Menchions, Box 365, Dawson, Y.T. 

155. E. L. Walker, R.R. No. 4, Hamilton, Ont. 
161. D. Kernohan, Box 112, Madoc, Ont. 

163. T. Middleton. 9 Hollywood Crescent, Toronto, Ont. 

164. R. J. Lemon, West Lome, Ont. 

167. W. L. Bell, c/o Karl E. Morrison. Canadian Bank of Com., Midland Ont. 

168. W. H. Brady, Campbell ford, Ont. 


Chapter No. 

169. V. Dinesen, Box 216, Haileybury, Ont. 

175. Ernest Greenhalgh. 20 Spruceside Avenue, Hamilton, Ont. 

184. John A. Bell, 235 Emerick Avenue, Fort Erie, Ont. 

195. E. A. Hay, 246 Main Street North, Brampton, Ont. 

198. H. K. Maynard, 109 Front Street South, Orillia, Ont. 

203. H. Arnold Todd, Box 549, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. Herbert S. Sparks, 417 Elm Road, Toronto 12, Ont. 

210. A. Walker, Box 180, Russell, Ont. 

212. Dr. S. Perlman, 353 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ont. 

213. Frank Wills, Box 353, Schumacher, Ont. 

214. J. Sam Maddock, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. T. B. Rogers, 11 Elma Street, Mimico, Ont. 

217. John A. Mackie, 10 Reigate Road, Toronto 18, Ont. 

218. S. Patterson, Box 331, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. R. A. Boddy, 200 Albany Avenue, Toronto 4, Ont. 

220. W. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas Street West, Toronto 18, Ont. 

221. H. C. McKecknie, Box 10, Durham, Ont. 

222. Henry Garland, Ottawa, Ont. 

223. F. J. Bean, Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. J. S. Drysdale, 800 Cannon Street East, Hamilton, Ont. 

225. A. T. Thorpe, 391 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Ont. 

226. L. V. Wood, 6 Beckwith Street, Perth, Ont. 

227. W. M. Barlow, 285 George Street, Belleville, Ont. 

230. E. S. McNeice, 40 Oakwood Avenue North, Port Credit, Ont. 

231. L. J. Colling, 58 Wanda Road, Toronto, Ont. 

232. Robert Fick, 270 Oak Park Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

233. A. E. Hayward, 46 McRoberts Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

234. Charles R. Wray, Box 209, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. Frank Hope, Box 335, Newmarket, Ont. 

236. A. T. Lang, R.R. No. 3, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. A. V. Sedgwick, 194A Duchess Avenue, London, Ont. 

239. George Monkhouse, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. S. Magder, Smithville, Ont. 

241. Ernest Pickles, 101 Gledhill Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

242. Fred G. Sheppard, c/o Beck Memorial Sanatorium, London, Ont. 

243. John H. Lee, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

245. A. P. Hertel, 558 Hamilton Street, Preston, Ont. 

246. W. Allen, 64 Lawrence Avenue West, Weston, Ont. 

247. George Tucker, 387 Clark Side Road, London, Ont. 

248. George R. Clarke, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. L. W. Dippell, Box 40, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Walter Hockney, 1542 Bruce Avenue, Windsor, Ont. 

251. M. Kaplan, 83 Government Road, (Box 460), Kirkland Lake, Ont. 
252 R. A. Bond, 408 Wellington Street, Sarnia, Ont. 

253. Vernon Ryerse, Box 666, Port Dover, Ont. 

254. Arthur R. Arnold, Box 304, 106 Arthur Street, Dryden, Ont. 

255. Leo Mabee, Box 614, Tillsonburg, Ont. 

256. John D. Dyer, c/o R.C.A.F. Station, (Box 770) , Whitehorse, Y.T. 

257. Wm. Black, Tudhope Street, Espanola, Ont. 



Grand First Principals Z. of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1953 


•W. M. Wilson 1857 

•Thompson Wilson 1858 

•T. D. Harington 1859-60 

•John C. Franck 1861-2 

•T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 


•S. B. Harman 1872 

•C. D. Macdonell 1873 

•Jas. Seymour 1874 

•L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

•F. J. Menet 1877-8 

•Daniel Spry 1879-80 

•Donald Ross 1881-2 

•H. Macpherson 1883-4 

•Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

•Rob. Hendry Jr 1887 

•R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

•J. J. Mason 1890-1 

•J. E. Harding 1892-3 

•J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

•M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

•Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

•Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

•A. Shaw 1903-4 

•William Roaf 1905-6 

•John Leslie 1907-8 

•George Moore 1909-10 

•Fred W. Harrourt 1911-2 

•Daniel F. MacWatt 1913-4 

•Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-16 

•A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-18 

•Wm. X. Ponton 1919-20 

•H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

•Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

•Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

•Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

•Edwin Smith 1928-9 

•Walter G. Price, D.D.S 1930-1 

•Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-52 

•Alexander Cowan 1934 

•George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

•Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

Llewellyn F. Stephens 1939-40 

•John M. Empey 1941-2 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 1947-8 

Clarence MacL. Pitts 1949-50 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-2 

John A. M. Taylor 1953 

Honorary Past Grand First Principals Z. of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 


•Henry Robertson 1888 

•Kivas Tully 1891 

•Hugh Murray 1903 

•Harry H. Watson 1909 


•E. T. Malone 1919 

•A. T. Freed 1920 

•Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

•Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada 

•Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

•R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

•Daniel Spry 1876-7 

•David McLellan 1878-91 

•Thomas Sargant 1892-8 

•George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

•Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

•Edwin Smith 1929-1949 

Fred J. Johnson 1949-1953 






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New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New South Wales 

New Mexico 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 







Rhode Island 



South Carolina 

South Dakota 








Western Australia .... 

West Virginia 



Robert N. McElhjpney.. 

Reg. V. Conover 

Percv W. Rogers 

G. T. E. Martin 

John L. House 

W. H. Carl McEachern 

Kenneth S. Clarke 

Harvey J. Milne 

George W. Slack 

Frederick J. Johnson 

Kenneth Carrie 

G. H. Havward 

F. A. McDiarmid 

A. L. Tinker 

B. F. Nott 

R. W. McFadden 

A. P. Goering 

A. S. H. Cree, D.D 

W. Bailie Stothers 

Edwin A. Cook 

Fred Higgenbottom 

Frank Todd 

A. J. Stringer 

Fred W. Dean 

Oliver Ellwood 

Sidney F. Smith 

Wm. J. Tow 

E. J. McCleery 

W. S. M. Enouy 

Joseph Lofthouse, D.D. 

J. W. Plewes 

N. M. Sprague 

G. H. Shannon 

Frank A. Copus 

John M. Burden 

J. Austin Evans 

Joseph Penman 

L. Hewson 

C. M. Pitts 

A. G. N. Bradshaw 

Ed. Worth 

Wm. E. Tregenza 

L. F. Stephens 

J. A. M. Taylor 

Neil A. MacEachern 

E. H. Brennan 

J. E. Girvin 

Alex. McD. Hannah 

Herb. F. Thompson 

D. C. Patmore 

Chas. Fotheringham 

W. E. Gowling 

F. A. R. MacFadden 

Chas. H. Sheppard 

Sydney G. Newdick 

Fred G. Smith 

M. A. Searle 

Wm. J. Shaw 

Harry J. McCallum 

J. W. Woodland 

Robert Clark 
















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New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New South Wales ... 

New York 

New Zealand 

New Mexico 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 







Rhode Island 



South Carolina 

South Dakota 







Western Australia 

West Virginia 



Walter F. Estes 

I . S. Watson 

Harold J. Fulton 

E. H. Crossman 
V. W. Stewart 

Angus I.. Cavanagh 

E. L. Bartholick 

C. J. Fairhursi 

Nathaniel D. Rand 

Lucien G. Yung 

H. J. Wendland 

T. B. Elfe 

Chas. Halting 

('.. F. Thomas- 

William H. Baugh 

E. W. F. Holler 

Roy H. Clossen 

\. Gordon Susler 

A. McKnight 

John G. Fass 

Frank W. Brownell 

Gerald M. Pine 

W. F. Clark 

Arthur Burke 

C. A. Olson 

Justin N. Jones 

Orson H. Swearingen ... 

Marion A. Averill 

D L. Willhoite 

Carl F. Dodge 

Ed^ar W. Mair 

Alfred H. White 

Godfrey Pittis 

H. B. .Mathews 
Clifford A. McDonald 

Norman B. Spencer 

William L. Ranville 

W. G. Bandv 

Clifford E. Miller 

(.. S. Wright 

L A. Gorham 

Frank E. Eldred 

R. W. Davis 

Arthur L. Miller 

Arthur J. Osgood 

L. T. Jobbins 

Norris G. Abbott 

Lome Johnson 

The Earl of Lauderdale 

Win. H. Bradford 

Joseph Hansen 

R. H. Roney. Sr 

J. O. Caruthers 

Herman L. Bauer 

Harrv B. Springstead .... 
Allen Grant 

Fit7hugh L. Grimstead 

Andrew E. Solberg 

Wm. Henrv Berrv 

Wilbur H. Cramblett 

Oscar E. Peterson 

J. Melvtn F.\.ins 

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Benton Station 




1 721 -1 6th St., Port Huron 


Kansas City 





Box 149 Laconia 


Box 2968 N. W., Sidney 


box .SIT, Auckland, CI. 





Box 276. Belleville 

RFD No. 1, Drumright 


Pittsburg, Pa. 

216 Lafayette St.. Montreal South 

Queensland, Australia 


503 Sterling Trust Bldg., Regina 

Lauder, Scotland 

Sumter. S.C. 



Richmond, Texas 

Salt I ;ike City, Wash. 


6 Sccord Ave. East Kew 

Melbourne, Victoria 

1402 West 854th St.. Seattle 
209 Cambridge St.. Wembley Pk. 

316 Oak St.. Manasha 




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New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

New South Wales 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 







Rhode Island 



South Carolina 

South Dakota 








Western Australia 

West Virginia 



Gen. Grand Chapter 

England--Wales M.M.M. L'ge 

Charles H. Stubinger 

A. A. Johnson 

F. J. Hand, G.S.E 

Joseph A. E. Ivey 

C. D. Hill 

E. B. Baker, G.S.E 

Chester H. Newell 

Fred T- Johnson, G.S.E 

Harry W. Bundy 

Bliss W. Clark 

Marshall M. Carpenter . 

R. N. Babcock 

Sydney A. White, G.S.E. 

John B. Phelps 

W. J. Penn, Jr. 

Edward H. Way 

Edward E. Core 

Chas. Thomas 

Ross J. Camblin 

H. R. Shellard, G. Reg. 

Elmer F. Strain 

C. K. A. McGaughey 

Lee W. Harris 

Conver9 E. Leach 

J. Morgan Davis 

Chas. H. Welden 

W. T. Clark 

Roy Andrus 

John H. Anderson 

Sid. F. Curtis 

Ray V. Denslow 

Ralp N. Lodge 

Carl R. Greisen 

E. C. Peterson 

Roy E. Crawford, G.S.E. 

J. Melvin Dresser 

Wm. Beck 

Elmer H. Rieman 

F. R. Sinden 

G. A. Lambert 

E. Cannons 

I. H. Parker 

A. S. Pond 

Harold F. Sipprell 

Henry Gruen 

James A. Lathin 

Richard H. Tusant 

John C. F. Kitselman 

H. Pickering 

S. W. Coulter 

H. E. Reed 

Alfred A. Wilson, G.S.E 

W. A. Laird 

H. F. Collins 

Elvin F. Strain 

T. E. Doss 

Frank Oldham 

Bert Atwater 

Aaron H. Grout 

Hy. O. Thomas 

James N. Hillman 

Walter H. Steffey 

Hugh C. Anderson 

George W. Tavenner 

Ward A. Rowbottom 

R. P. Crowe 

Roscoe R. Walcutt 

T. G. L. Lumlev--Smith 


Box 98, Mas. Temple. Montgomery 
117 3rd Ave., Anchorage 
1717 28th Ave. S.W. Calgary, Alia. 
Box 1488, Mas. Temple, Tuscon, Ar. 
700 Scott St.. Little Rock 
Room 103-603 West Hastings St., 

R. 423, Mas. Temple, San Francisco 
712 Temple Bldg., Toronto, Ont. 
Room 300, Mas. Temple, Denver 
Box 388, New Britain, Conn. 
Box 254, Wilmington 99 
Mas. Temple, Washington 
Freemasons Hall. London, W.C. 
Box 283, Miami, Florida 
801 Mulberry St., Macon 
Box 1753, Boise 
Masonic Temple, Dixon, 111. 
Masonic Temple, Marion 
Bullock Bldg., Atlantic, Iowa 
Freemasons Hall, Dublin 
Masonic Temple, Topeka 
Richmond, Kentucky 
Masonic Temple, Alexandria, La. 
Mas. Temple, Portland 
503 Ave Bldg., 265 Portage Ave., 

Mas. Temple, Baltimore 
Rm. 209, Mas. Temple. Boston 16 
Masonic Temple, Lansing 
Masonic Temple, St. Paul 2 

M.T., 19th and Douglas, Omaha 
Carson City. 

P.O. Box 184 St. John, N.B. 

269 Power St., New Brunswick, N.J. 
P.O. Box 166 Roswell, N.M. 
Unity Bldg., 16 Callaug, Sydney 
Mas. Temple, New York City 10 
Box 1845, Wellington 
Box 792, New Bern 

Box 555, Wolfville, N.S. 
145 W. 6th St. East Liverpool 
12 Flint Nat. Bk. Bldg., Muskogee 
1119 SW Park Ave., Portland 14, Ore 
Mas. Temple, Philadelphia 
1559 St. Marks St., Montreal 
Box 425 F., Brisbane 
160 Grace St., Cranston 10, R.I. 
2723 Victoria Ave., Regina 
76 Queen St., Edinburgh 

Mas. Temple, Sioux Falls 
1007th Ave. N. Nashville 
P.O. Box 296, Waco 
Masonic Temple, Salt Lake City 
Mas. Temple, Burlington 
164 Flinders St., Melbourne C.I. 
Masonic Temple, Richmond 20 
4338 University Bldg., Seattle 5 
St. George's Terrace, Perth 
P.O. Box 590, Parkersburg 
259 East Wells St.,, Milwaukee 2 
Box 1543, Casper, Wyoming 
1605-8 East Bread St., Columbus 15 

Mark Masons' Hall, London, W.C. 




Addendum 54 

Address of Grand Z 23-53 

Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of Toronto Districts 11-12 

Annual Convocation, Where Held 6 

Annual Convocation, 1954 134 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 101-105 

Appointment of Grand Officers 149-151 

Appointment of Grand Representatives 41 

Auditor's Certificate 100-105 

Auditor's Financial Statement 106-112 

By-Laws, New and Amendment Approved 45 

Centennial, 1957 99 

Chapters Dedicated 4, 5, 32 

Chapters by Districts, List of 163-166 

Chapters not Represented 21 

Civic Address of Welcome 9 

Committee on Benevolence 120 

Communications and Greetings 146-148 

Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters (Banff) 34-40 

Deaths 128-131 

Dispensations Issued 44 

Distinguished Visitors, Received from— 

Quebec, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, 
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Grand Council of Royal and Select 
Masters of Ontario. The Order of High Priesthood of Ontario, 
The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada of the United Orders of 
the Temple and Malta, Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada 
Red Cross of Constantine, Supreme Council 33°, Ancient and 
Accepted Scottish rite of Free Masonry for the Dominion of 
Canada, The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted 

Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 7, 8 

Education and Instruction Committee 154 

Election of Officers 132-133 

Especial Convocation, Peterborough, Ont 4 

Especial Convocation, Midland, Ontario 5 

Excerpts from Grand Master's Remarks 97 

Exaltations, Gains and Losses 42-43 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committees 152-154 

Executive Committee — Appoint Members 149 

Executive Committee — Benevolence 153 

Executive Committee — Elected Members 153 

Finance, Report of Committee 124-126 

First Principals of Chapters, with Addresses 167-169 


Grand Chapter Annual Convocations 

—Opened 7 

— Officers Present 6 

—Grand Representatives Present 22 

-Closed 151 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 173 

Grand Historian and Reviewer — Elected 146 

Grand Representatives — List of 174-175 

—Appointed and Recommended 41 

Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 173 

Grand Secretaries — List of 176 

Grand Superintendents of Districts: 

—Confirmed 133 

—Present at Convocation 5 

—Presented and Thanked 96-97 

—Reports 55 - 96 

Guests Convey Greetings 151-152 

Honours Tendered Distinguished Visitors 151-152 

Installation of Officers 149 

Invocation 9 

Jewels and Medals Presented 45-48 

Membership 41 

Memorial Service 14 

Order of Business at G.Z.'s Discretion 13 

Minutes of Annual Convocation, 1952, Confirmed 13 

Next Place of Meeting • 134 

Presentation of Living Past Grand Z's 11 

Reception of 

—Grand Superintendents' Reports 55-96 

—Grand Z's Address 54 

Report of Committee: 

On Credentials 15 - 21 

Education and Instruction 134-140 

Report of Committee on Distinguished Service Medal 132 

Report of Executive Committee: 

Benevolence 120-123 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 117-119 

Constitution Laws and Jurisprudence 145 

Finance 124-126 


Fraternal Dead 126 131 

Grand Z's Address 121-123 

Investments 1 13-114 

Printing 112 

Warrants 113 

Report of Grand Treasurer 98-100 

Report of Grand Scribe E 101-105 

Report of Special Committee on Membership 141-144 

Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Benevolence 120 

Committee on Distinguished Service Medal 132 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 119 

Constitution Laws and Jurisprudence 146 

Credentials 21 

Education and Instruction 140 

Finance 126 

Special Committee on Membership 144 

Grand Treasurer 100 

Grand Scribe E 105 

Grand Z's Address 123 

Investments 114 

Printing 112 

Warrants 116 

Returns of Constituent Chapters 156-161 

Restorations { 162 

Royal Arch Masons Welcome 9 

Rulings 44 

Schedule of Investments 113-114 

Scribes E. of Chapters, Names and Addresses 170-172 

Scrutineers of Ballot Obligated 97 

Sub-Committees Appointed 152-154 

Suspensions 162 

Toronto Districts 8 and 8A Extend Welcome 11 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 99 

Vote of Thanks 149 

Withdrawals 160-161 




Alaska LIII 

Awards LVI 

Charitable Endeavours XLIII 

Chapters Dormant LX 

Chapters of Research LX 

Chapter Administration LIX 

Civic Responsibility XIV 

Condition of Capitular Masonry XXVIII 

Demits L 

Degree Teams LIX 

Dispensations LI 

Education XVII 

Flag Tribute to LVIII 

Forward VI 

Fraternal Correspondence LV 

Fraternal Relations LVII 

Grand Representatives LVIII 

History LVIII 

Individual Responsibility XXXVII 

International Nights LVII 

King Solomon's Temple LXIV 

Leadership XLVII 

Landmarks LV, LXI 

Membership XXXI 


Memorials XXVII 

National Duty VII 

New Chapter LI 1 1 

Officers Duty of XLIX 

Petitions Joint LIX 

Philosophy of Royal Arch Masonry XL 

Proceedings LVI 1 1 

Suspensions L 

Special Events LVI I 

Superintendents of Districts LVI I 

Spirit shall Return to God who gave it XX 

Spiritual Thoughts LXIX 

Statistics LXXVI, LXXV1I 

Tributes XXVI 

Visitations LI V 

Youth XLV 




Alabama XXVII 

Alberta LI 

Arizona XVI, XLIV, LIX 

Arkansas XX, LII, LIII, LV, LVIII 

British Columbia XXVII, XLVI 

California VIII, XV, XXXV, LIX 

Colorado X, XVII, LIV, LV, LIX 

Connecticut XIX, XXIX 

Delaware XVII, XX, XXIII, XXV, LV 

District of Columbia XIV, XLII 

England LIII 

General Grand Chapter XII, XIII, XIV, XXXIV, XXXV, LVIII 

Georgia XXIV 

Idaho XXV 

Illinois X, XIX, LII, LX 

Indiana XLIV, LI, LII, LIV, LV 


Ireland XXVII 

Kansas XLII, XLIX 

Kentucky I XLIII 

Louisianna XIV, XXIX, XXXVI 

Maine XII 

Maryland XLI, XLII, XLVII, LV 

Massachusetts XI, XVII, XXII XXVI, XLVIII 

Michigan LII, LX 




Montana XVII 

Nebraska XXLIII 

New Brunswick LVII, UX, LXIV 


New Mexico XVI 

New York XX, XL, XLI, XLIV, L, LV 

New Zealand VII, XXXIII, XLV, LV 

North Carolina XII, XVIII, XLIV, LI 

Nova Scotia XLVI, XLIX 


Oklahoma XXXV, XLII 

Oregon XV, XIX 

Pennsylvania XV, XXXI 

Rhode Island XI, XXXIII, XLVII 

Scotland XXXIII 

South Carolina XLV, XLVI 

South Dakota XXIV 

Tennessee XXXVII 




Victoria XXXII, LXIX 

Virginia XXX 

Wyoming XL, XLIII 




Four Divisions of the Globe 



Colonel R. V. E. Conover, O.B.E., V.D. y V.G.I. 


It is with much pleasure and satisfaction that the Review of 
the proceedings of 66 Grand Chapter convocations is presented. 
Unfortunately the proceedings from the Grand Chapters of Florida 
Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, New South Wales, West 
Australia and Manitoba were not received. The proceedings from 
Arkansa, Colorado, New Jersey and Wyoming for both the years 
1951 and 1952 and for 1948, 1950, 1951, and 1952 from North 
Carolina were received and reviewed. 

Undoubtedly the leaders of the craft have given their best 
efforts in order to supply guidance and leadership to over three 
quarters of a million Royal Arch Masons spread over all quarters 
of the globe. If their devotion to the high duties of their respective 
offices were emulated by even a portion of this vast membership, the 
Royal Craft would be infinitely stronger and the influence on social 
conditions and national life would be enormous. 

Peace and friendship exists between all Grand bodies. The 
various committees on grievances and appeals almost unanimously 
have presented nil reports. 

Generally speaking the condition of the craft is reported to be 
satisfactory. Only four Grand Chapters report a net loss in mem- 
bership. There does appear in some quarters an undue alarm about 
the decreasing numbers seeking membership. One or two Grand 
Chapters are advocating a lowered standard of entrance. Every 
master mason in good standing in his lodge, unfortunately should 
not be admitted to membership in the chapter. To advocate the ad- 
mission of every master mason without ballot is to say the least 
difficult for us in this jurisdiction to understand. It is also becom- 



ing a more and more frequent practice to grant dispensations, per- 
mitting the receiving and balloting on an application at one con- 
vocation, in order to fill up a class for a reunion or festival or to 
permit a chapter to complete a quota so that a prize or award for 
membership gain may be obtained. Does this not deprive the 
individual member of his right to decide who shall or who shall 
not become his companion? Unfortunately every master mason 
is not capable of making a contribution to the Royal Craft 
and some may, indeed, be unworthy. Increasing membership in 
order to increase the number of those paying dues so that the chap- 
ter and Grand Chapter revenues may be increased is not in accord 
with the very high principles advocated by the vast majority of the 
leaders of the Royal Craft. 

In any community where every Royal Arch Mason is known 
for his business integrity, for his honourable public and private life, 
for his sincere piety towards The Great Architect of the Universe, 
for his quiet yet determined stand for the right course of action, 
despite the clamouring of the majority for the most popular course 
of action, for his sympathetic and unostentatious helpfulness where 
help is urgently required; in such a fortunate community, the Royal 
Arch Chapter will not lack candidates for admission to our rites 
and ceremonies. 

It is very apparent that there is an increasing interest in civic 
and national affairs. Several Grand Chapters are advocating assist- 
ance and guidance to the youth of our lands. This consciousness of 
the influence of the Royal Craft outside the chapter rooms will in 
the end do more to influence master masons to seek membership 
than more spectacular forms of public relations. 

New Zealand (1952) 

The First Grand Principal stated; 

"It cannot be denied, I regret to say, that dark clouds of suspi- 
cion and unrest continue to cast gloomy shadows over this troubled 
world; with apprehension we view the effects of the powers of 
paganism and oppression which threaten freedom and the better 
influences of Christianity. In some quarters spiritual and moral 
standards are being challenged, and much of the consideration, kind- 
ness and toleration for others and generally those little courtesies 

which mean so much in life are bereft of much of their appeal, 
while nations and individuals live in fear and suspicion of each other 
and seem to care only for their own selfish ends. 

That great Masonic attribute, Brotherly Love, in its truest 
sense, is needed more than ever in the world to-day, and the practice 
of those other great attributes which should be ever present in the 
make-up of every Royal Arch Mason; those attributes which cost us 
so little yet mean so much to others, patience, kindness, generosity 
and charity would do much to correct irregularities and encourage 
that confidence which is so much required for the peace and happi- 
ness of all. 

As Royal Arch Masons let us rededicate ourselves to uphold 
the sacred traditions of our Royal Art and display to the outside 
world by practice in our daily lives those great moral truths we 
teach within the Temple. Such example by members of so honour- 
able an institution, pointing out as it does the way to better living, 
basing its ideals on the truest and widest sense of charity and human 
understanding, must eventually establish that security for which 
the whole world yearns." 

California (1952) 

From the report of the Committee on Chapter Organization this is quoted; 

"The world has made greater scientific progress in the last 
quarter of a century than in any other period of modern history 
.... But what of man? Has he developed along with the material- 
istic achievements? Is he still the master or has he become the slave? 
Does he still have the feelings of friendliness, of brotherly love, of 
affection of loyalty, or have his senses been so dulled by the marvel 
of these new inventions and the acquisition of them that he feels 
no dependence upon the group life of a Lodge, and having lost 
that feeling forgets the invisible bond which binds the brethren 
together in the oldest and most honorable of fraternities?" 

Iowa (1952) 

The Grand High Priest thus directs our attention; 

"The past few years have been fraught with a tremendous 
amount of grave concern to the nations of the earth. The whole 
world is in a chaotic condition. There is so much dissatisfaction 
expressed everywhere, so much labour trouble, corruption and scan- 
dal in our government. I believe that now, as never before in history, 


there is a greater need for integrity, sound judgment and clear 
thinking. If all nations have faith in each other and would earnestly 
work for universal Peace, it would soon be accomplished. Man's 
greatest hope for Peace lies in better understanding between peoples. 
Let us resolve to Pray for the time when we shall have unity and 
harmony, and to keep our Faith in God, mankind and ourselves no 
matter how things go." 

Missouri (1952) 

The Grand High Priest thus reminds us; 

"We as Royal Arch Masons, are searchers after truth. There 
are so many false theories being expounded to-day that it is difficult 
for most of us to recognize the truth when it is presented to us. 
One of these theories has to do with just about the most important 
single asset we have in this nation. It comes under the heading of 
freedom, and only the American people should and will, decide 
how much they are willing to give up in exchange for those sub- 
stitutes that have brought so much trouble to those countries which 
we seem to be following. 

Another of those false theories has to do with this thing called 
'security.' There were times in history when men thought that 
security was a physical thing. The Chinese Wall, the Maginot 
line, the broad expanse of the Ocean, the airplane, the atom bomb 
have, at various times, been thought of as security. History proves 
that these things are not, and never were, security. Other men have 
said that 'security is a law,' and have felt that merely by passing 
laws, the ills of the world would be remedied. But laws can and 
do change overnight. Others have said that security is money. But 
money may be lost and inflation lowers its value. Others have said 
that security is a contract. But not one of us can contract to be alive 
tomorrow. Probably the most vicious definition of security is that 
which comes from political power. Security is none of these things. 
Security is in the hearts of men who have faith in themselves and 
faith in God; who believe that progress and security comes onlv 
through individual effort and responsibility; who realize that there 
are forces in the world to-day dedicated to the theory of class 
struggle and devoted to the principle that men can be divided into 
hostile groups. Security exists only in the hearts of men who have 
personal intergrity and the love of freedom to build security out 
of their own strength. 

If we in America, expect to find the right answers to the grave 
and perplexing problems we face to-day, we must dedicate our 
hearts, minds and spirits to the search for truth, not only as citizens 
of this nation, but as citizens of the world and as members of the 
human race." 

Illinois (1952) 

From the address of the Grand Chaplain the following is quoted; 

"To-day when w r e face what is probably the greatest challenge 
history has ever known— to-day when millions of people are troubled, 
uncertain, and confused— the rich deposits of inspiration left by pre- 
ceeding generations take on a new and vital significance. There 
has never been a time when people were more desperately in need 
of faith and hope, of courage and peace of mind, of standards and 
ideals by which to live, and above all an abiding belief in the future 
and in the progress of mankind. There has never been a time when 
the tried and tested philosophies of the past were more urgently 
needed to give perspective and understanding— to give people some- 
thing to cling to, something on which to build the strong, firm struc- 
ture of their own lives." 

Colorado (1951) 

The Grand High Priest concludes his report as follows; 

"The world is torn and distraught. Men are confused. Liberties 
are being crushed. False gods are being set up. Selfishness and 
greed seem as never before to be destroying democratic institutions. 
Repercussions from the false doctrines of the Old World are filter- 
ing in with threats to our freedom and institutions, arraying class 
against class, creed against creed. The horrors of doubt and fear 
are casting their shadows upon the face of the earth at this time, 
and it seems as though Justice and Right were doomed to destruction 
but sooner or later the great Truths taught in our beloved Fraternity 
will triumph over the spirit of dishonesty and destruction and we 
will again enjoy Peace and Good Will throughout the world. 

The Majestic principles upon which Capitular Masonry is built 
are but the foundations upon which the superstructure is erected. 
Therefore, let us answer the challenge that we be faithful to our 
trust, and constantly seek for more light and knowledge of the Truth 
that leads us on the way to God. In the same manner that the Lodge 
unites its members on the broad foundation of Brotherhood, the 


Chapter exalts them to the higher relationship <>l Companions. To 
the teaching of Hope inculcated in the Symbolic degrees, the Capi- 
tular Rite adds strengthening precepts of Faith. It leads its votai ies 
into larger Light of Revealed Truth, making clear and convincing 
for those who will heed its teachings, the larger and fuller meanings 
of Divine revelations. 'Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth 
shall make you free.' 

Ohio (1951) 

The Grand High Priest proclaims; 

"Royal Arch Masonry reasserts its belief in the one living and 
True God, supreme in the Heavens, and refuses to be swept aside 
by these dictatorial powers who aim to overthrow our way of living 
and Democracry for which it stands. It is entirely up to us to de- 
fend the principles of Freemasonry which are opposed to the tyranny 
and dictatorship as practiced overseas. We meet in peace, but no 
one knows for how long. We of the Royal Craft should ever be 
in readiness to stop the undermining of the teachings of Free- 
masonry by our enemies, in order that we may enjoy Life, Liberty 
and the Pursuit of Happiness, as has been the custom since our 
Nation was formed. Dictatorship denies the Fatherhood of God 
and the brotherhood of man and denies the Great Light of Masonry 
—which is evidenced by the fact that Masonry does not exist where 
dictatorship is the law of the land." 

Rhode Island (1952) 
The Grand High Priest states; 

"Looking back, however, over these one hundred and fifty years 
of our existence, we may take courage in that Divine Providence 
in His wisdom has guided our nation through the storms of the past, 
that there still exist great forces for good in our people, our churches, 
and such organizations as ours; that we still have able men who are 
not afraid to fight the forces of evil; that men and women working 
in research laboratories for the benefit of humanity daily bring forth 
new and marvelous discoveries in science and medicine to make life 
more livable. 

Massachusetts (1951) 

The Grand High Priest thus states; 

"I am fully aware that in our Grand Constitutions there is 
ample provision for curbing subversive action. The Grand Chapter 


lias full power to warn, to censure and to discpline, and in times 
past has taken occasion to exercise its authority. But I do not believe 
that this is the way to accomplish our purpose." 

North Carolina (1952) 

The Grand High Priest concluded his address with this; 

"To-day as never before the Morals and Precepts of Masonry are 
needed in the world for the good of men and the promotion of 
human brotherhood. Let us pledge ourselves to a re-energizing of 
our Masonic Forces to the end that civilization, as we know it, may 
go on to those glorious heights foretold as the reward of well moti- 
vated lives collectively joined in progressing God's eternal will." 

General Grand Chapter Triennial (1951) 

The Grand Master of Masons in Arkansas said; 

"For sixty centuries most of the peoples of the world have 
gone hungry. Suddenly on this great continent of ours we found a 
condition of progress and prosperity never dreamed of by the world. 
Something must have caused it. The unusual wealth of this nation 
has been made possible by our conception of freedom. We are not 
wholly happy perhaps. We are restless and maybe we are moving 
to the left. If we are it is because we did not accept the responsi- 
bility of teaching freedom and a love of freedom. Many people 
are secretly and otherwise working against our way of life. Politicians 
want to be re-elected ..... Communists are forever promoting their 
doctrine. Crisis follows crisis and our freedoms could be destroyed. 
Our way of life is not perfect, but it is the best the world has ever 

Maine (1952) 

From the Grand High Priest's address we quote; 

"Together we stand for the high and noble things of life, at a 
time when all peoples of the world seemingly have forgotten God, 
and where Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love is seemingly 
fast being replaced by Hatred, Immorality and Prejudice. We must 
have more love and less hate— more kindness and less bitterness- 
more tolerance and less bigotry. All God fearing, peace loving men, 
women and children of all Nations, must, by the manner of their 
lives and the force of their examples, the words they speak and the 
things they do, demonstrate to the world how to live and work and 
play by the Golden Rule. Masons everywhere, as individuals, must 


take an active part in the Crusade for Peace. When we do that, I 
am confident that out of the confusion of to-day will emerge the 
formula by which all Nations will become big enough to unite in 
the age of to-morrow, and peace will return to this troubled world 
and the spirit of God will again fill the hearts and minds of men." 

New Jersey (1952) 

The report of the Committee on doings of Grand Chapter Officers closes with 
this paragraph; 

"Masonry is not the cure all for all the ills of the world, but we 

do believe that the proper application of the Principles of Masonry, 

including Royal Arch, would iron out many of the vexing problems 

confronting us to-day, and re-establish our belief in the true God, 

as well as our responsibility to our fellow men." 

General Grand Chapter Triennial (1951) 

The General Grand Chaplain offers this warning; 

"Let us Dedicate Ourselves that Freedom shall not become a Lost 


Freedom is in peril here in our own land. Her peril here is all 
the more dangerous because often it is more subtle and less easily 
seen and recognized. For our liberties here are no more threatened 
from without than from forces within our lives. Let it be remember- 
ed that sin and folly, excesses and indulgence, carelessness and com- 
placency have often betrayed the liberty of nations that once were 
free, great and vital. 

It was in such fashion and because of such innert weakness that 
the ancient people of God lost their original God given liberty and 
became a conquered and fugitive people. The preservation, the 
extension, and the advance of our liberties, by the same token, lies 
down the path of moral and spiritual discipline. That leads on 
to this challenge, 

Let us Dedicate Ourselves that Integrity Shall not become a Lost 


A study of the course by which in the past great nations have 
come to ruin reveals that in every instance their doom was preceded 

by marked moral decadence A nation and a people that 

drift into compromise with standards of honesty or cheapen their 
practice of morals and ethics are ripe for the entrance of the dictator 
Where there is a weakening of honesty in public service and 


in private conduct, whether in the arena of politics, business or 
athletics, there we become vulnerable to the entrance of forces that 
destroy freedom and debase mankind ..... We must help ourselves 
and our neighbours to once again know what is meant by right 
and wrong. We must again become morally operative and specu- 
lative Masons." 


General Grand Chapter Triennial (1951) 

The General Grand High Priest commenced his address thus; 

"How good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to 'dwell to- 
gether in unity.' 

'It is in this spirit of unity we meet here to-day. Unity in pur- 
pose, Unity of thought, and unity in action. Would to God that 
this great unity and harmony which exists within Royal Arch 
Masonry could extend to the peoples throughout the world; that 
we could live without fear, and experience that peace for which we 
all pray. 

The greatest opportunity given to a man is that of serving his 

Louisianna (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reported; 

"In my work during the year, I have tried to stress the im- 
portance of the individual and the value of his position in society. 
Masonry seeks to impress its lessons upon the individual, endeavour- 
ing to make him a better man and a better mason. One of Masonry's 
prime lessons is to teach the individual to think. A thinking in- 
dividual naturally is an intelligent individual." 

District of Columbia (1951) 

The Grand High Priest stated; 

"Our country is being abused and attacked by many people in 
many places. We are duty bound to be ever vigilant where the pre- 
servation of our inheritance is concerned. In this critical era, the 
call for high caliber leadership and clear thinking citizenship is 
more urgent than ever before. We have great responsibilities both 
as individuals and as members of society in general. Those to 
whom much is given, from them much shall be required. 


We who live in America should appreciate our blessings. We 
are much better off than people of most countries, and for that all 
of us should be grateful. Liberty and freedom have been destroyed 
in many parts of the world. They are still here. Let us do our part 
so that they shall not perish from the face of the earth." 

Pennsylvania (1951) 

The Grand High Priest commenced his address thus; 

"We are factors in the work of the great army engaged in a 
grand united effort to enlarge and improve human character, im- 
pressing thereon great moral truths which tend so greatly to pro- 
mote the safety and welfare of the community and Nation in which 
we live. In this great, noble and never-ending labor none of us 
should for a moment falter in striving for the betterment of human- 
ity, and as good works necessary in aiding the weak and destitute, 
that such works may demonstrate to the people of every community 
that in the face of the chaotic conditions now existing, Masonry 
continues to pursue the even tenure of its way as a silent power 
for good and entitled to the commendation of all fair-minded un- 
prejudiced people, who, as never before, are watching and noting 
whether or not as an organization it is keeping up with its 

Oregon (1952) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"Recognizing, as we do, a Supreme spiritual Power, and relying 
on this power to help us, what an opportunity we, as Masons have 
(individually and in groups) to exercise a constructive influence in 
our every contact in the affairs of our communities, in the state, the 
nation and the world. I ask you, are we willing to accept the chal- 
lenge, and the disciplines which go with living the great moral, 
ethical and spiritual principles upon which Masonry is founded? 
Upon our answer to this question lies the justification for the time 
and effort we expend in our Masonic endeavours. If we live our 
Masonry; then Masonrv really lives." 

California (1952) 

The Grand High Priest advises; 

"Members of our Fraternity are leaders and each of you plav an 
important part not only in Capitular Masonry but also in Public 
and Civic life in your Community. In our endeavours it is import- 


ant that we have God on our side but it is more important that we 
are on God's side. Many things are legal but be sure they are 

New Mexico (1952) 

The Grand High Priest says; 

"We have a duty to accept the responsibility of public leader- 
ship wherever opportunity prevails, and in that manner the 
influence of Freemasonry may be felt throughout not only our 
nation but of the entire world." 

Arizona (1951) 

The Grand High Priest warns; 

"Companions our Free Public Schools are very essential to our 
way of life and we should not confine our efforts in their behalf 
to any one particular week but should be continually on the alert 
in their behalf. Especially should we see that our schools are 
properly staffed with the right kind of teachers and supplied with 
proper text-books, those teaching our idealogy and not treating on 
the isms that are undermining our ideals. Take an interest in the 
Parent-Teacher Association and see that proper and competent per- 
sons are put in charge of the schools for our children. I say let 
Every Week be Public Schools Week for every Royal Arch Mason 
and let us see if we can do something to assist in curtailing juvenile 
delinquency, lawlessness and subversiveness in our Public Schools." 

Texas (1951) 

The Grand High Priest says; 

"My communications further stated that in this day of strife, 
distress, confusion and charges of corruption in public life, We 
need to turn the individual's rights of existence with its natural 
consequence of responsibilities. What of the laws God gave Moses, 
which he directed be deposited in the Ark of the Covenant? It is 
my earnest belief that if we would sincerely live and practice the 
Great Teachings in the Book of the Law, a great forward step would 

be taken towards actual peace amongst all peoples to live and 

practice them in our daily lives. Always remember that the good 
we do will have its influence upon all those with whom we come 
in contact, and that our lives tomorrow will be more likened unto 
those of our Masonic ancestors." 


Colorado (1951) 

The Grand High Priest commences Ii is address with this; 

"We acknowledge with deep reverence and heartfelt thanks the 
blessings bestowed so richly upon us by our Supreme Grand High 
Priest; for our health and preservation; for the privilege of living 
in a free country where we may meet without hindrance and where 
we may worship God according to the dictates of our own 

_ , , 1At0 v EDUCATION 

Delaware (1952) 

From the Report of the Committee on Education this is quoted; 

"In the companionship of three we start out on a search— a 
search for TRUTH - TRUTH as embodied in the one living and 
true God. So with unity of purpose that makes for strength, in 
peace of mind fostered by the security of companionship, and that 
personal affection required for men who work together to accomp- 
lish a worth-while task, we make our agreement to 'search and 
keep' the most valuable thing in life— TRUTH ." 

Montana (1952) 

The Committee on Masonic Education and work reports; 

"The plan of action proposed five years ago is being carried 
out .... The printing and preparation of the Monitor or Manual 
of Ceremonies has not been completed owing to the death of M. E. 
Comp. Stam. The state has been divided into nine educational Dis- 
tricts each under the direction of a Grand Chapter officer, who was 
asked to hold Schools of Instruction .... We now have Chapter in- 
structors in all thirty-three chapters .... Most of these are doing a 
fine job .... The Committee on Masonic Education and Work and 
the Committee on Royal Arch advancement continue to send letters 
to each new Royal Arch Mason, with educational pamphlets and 
we now send with the certificate a petition for the chapter degrees 
suggesting that this may be handed to a friend who would be inter- 
ested in completing his ancient craft masonry." 

Massachusetts (1951) 

The Grand High Priest thus reports; 

"It is difficult to say anything about the Lecture Program that 
I have not said several times during the past two years .... Com- 
ments, all favorable, have come to me from hundreds of sources. 


Scores of officers have testified to the benefit the Lectures have been 
to them, and we have a few instances where the Lecture Program 
has been given credit for putting a Chapter on its feet. So the 
Lecture Program has not been a fad or a toy." 

North Carolina (1951) 

The Grand High Priest observes; 

"From observations made during my visitations and from re- 
ports received, there is an apparent improvement generally in the 
interest taken in the proper conferring of the degrees. Yet I was 
sorely disappointed to learn that some of the Chapters are taking 
little or no interest in the Ritualistic work. However, there are other 
chapters who are doing splendidly, presenting the degrees with 
dignity and in an impressive manner. To these Chapters I give my 
highest commendation. Throughout the State as a whole, there is 
more and more interest in Capitular Masonry, and there is an im- 
provement and raising of the standard in the work of the Ritual. 
However there is definite need for the inauguration of the program 
of the Board of Lectureship. I heartily endorse such a program, as 
I consider it of utmost importance." 

New Jersey (1951) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"Schools of Instruction were held every two months in Trenton 
and Manasquam. Instruction was given in the proper manner of ex- 
emplyfing the ritualistic work. In addition chapters of instruction 
were held in every district." 

Ohio (1951) 

From the report of the Committee on Masonic Education we quote; 

"The popularity of this program and its rapid growth necessi- 
tated a curtailment during the past year so that a review of methods 
and curriculum could be devised and bring the cost of this activity 
within the budgetary limits one excellent result of the Edu- 
cational Program has been the development of many fine Masonic 
students, some of whom are now engaged in preparing papers for 
use in the schools. The committee intends during the coming year 
to begin printing in loose leaf form several sections of a Royal Arch 
Textbook which will ultimately cover the lectures in the schools 
of instruction." 


Illinois (1952) 

The Grand High Priest adversely reports; 

"State schools were held .... The attendance of officers from 
near by chapters was disappointing. Considering that the number 
who come for instruction is diminishing and the cost of maintaining 
the schools is increasing year by year, I feel that the small benefits 
derived hardly justify the expense to the Grand Chapter .... Any- 
how the subject is for serious study and consideration." 

Connecticut (1952) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"With the pamphlet 'More Light' and the booklet 'Step Off 
published by the Grand Chapter of Connecticut Royal Arch Masons, 
together with a subscription to the Royal Arch Mason, published 
by the General Grand Chapter and the Connecticut Square and 
Compasses, a Royal Arch Mason would be well informed in regard 
to Royal Arch Masonry in Connecticut. These are all recommended 
to the Companions in Connecticut. 

Oregon (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"The five point programme instituted last year as follows: 

1. Good Chapter attendance. 

2. Substantial gain in membership. 

3. Companions well informed on Royal Arch Masonry. 

4. Good Ritualistic work. 

5. Co-operation with Blue Lodge, York Rite and all 
Masonic Bodies. 

This was presented to the chapters in my first bulletin in June 
and by visitations of Grand Officers and district Deputies during the 
year. A check sheet on the program went out with the second 
bulletin in October and a resume of progress was given out the last 
of January, 1952. The results were as follows: — 

1. Chapters were unanimous or practically so on these points. 

1. They open on time. 

2. They make good use of the three copies of the Royal Arch 
Mason which are being sent to each Chapter. 

3. The officers are finding helpful the book 'Practical Guide 
for Royal Arch Chapter officers and Companions.' 

4. Chapters make a practice of conferring own degrees. 

5. Chapters are greatly interested in preview explanatory lec- 
tures before degree is conferred. 

6. Chapters work closely with other Masonic York Rite 


New York (1952) 

The Grand High Priest said; 

"At this time it is proper and I am sure the wish of all of us, 
to pause in our deliberations and call to loving memory those who, 
because the Great Architect has called them home, are not with us 
today. We miss them and tho' we are happy in the thought that 
they have reached that home eternal in the Heavens, to many of us, 
their absence creates a void that cannot be filled." 

Arkansas (1952) 

The Grand High Priest under Necrology states; 

"To me, it seems they are but a little way ahead of us; a little 
way down the road. They have turned a corner and are lost to our 
sight, but when we too have turned the bend in the road we shall 
see them again." 

Delaware (1952) 

From the Report of Memorials Committee we quote; 

"They have gone in the flesh but their precious, fragrant 
memories remain to remind us of the richness of the experiences 
we have shared together. Then, there was that wise and kindly 
counsel, the loyal and steadfast devotion and the inspiration which 
we received from them while bearing the burdens in the heat of 
the day. These friends have enriched our lives because we have been 
permitted companionship with them. These have been rare privi- 
leges. May their steadfast, fervent spirits remain with us and bless 
us in the years to come." 


Wisconsin (1952) 

From the report of the Committee on Obituaries iliis is taken; 

A builder builded a Temple 

He wrought it with grace and skill; 

Pillan and groins and arches 

All fashioned to work his will. 
Men said, as thev saw its beauty 
It shall never know decay; 
Creat is thy skill, O Builder! 
Thy fame shall endure for aye. 

A teacher builded a Temple 
With loving and infinite care, 
Planning each arch with patience 
Laying each stone with prayer. 
None praised His unceasing efforts, 
None knew of His wondrous plan, 
For the Temple the Teacher builded 
Was unseen by the eyes of man. 

Gone is the Builder's Temple, 

Crumbled in the dust; 

Low lies each stately pillar, 

Food for consuming rust. 

But the Temple the Teacher builded 

Will last while the ages roll, 

For that beautiful unseen Temple, 

Was our Companions immortal soul. 

Wisconsin (1952) 

The Committee on Obituaries is quoted in part; 

"Their mark has been placed upon things temporal and their 
just reward has been truly received. They have indeed travelled to 
that 'undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveller returns.' 
In the sight of unbelievers they seemed to die but we know that they 
possess the souls of righteous men who seem to die but live forever- 
more in the eternal Kingdoms of God the Father. They have been 
proved and found worthy and have been rewarded for their just 

We are ever mindful of the three great enemies of man— they 
are a dread triumvirate. I speak of doubt, defeat and death. Death 
is the last and worst if we have no hope. But we travel as Com- 
panions with hope knowing that those who have passed beyond our 
sight are beholding in all His glory the God whom we worship and 
adore. He shall cover them with His holy Presence as the eagle 
covers her young with her feathers. For we know that who so 
dwelleth under the defense of the Most High shall abide under the 
Shadow of the Almighty! 


So with renewed assurance and supreme faith in the life eternal, 
in the enduring bond of this great brotherhood, may our under- 
standing be illumined with the glorious rays of bright hope ex- 
pectant, as we think upon their lives having run their course with 
honor do now rest from their labors." 

Wisconsin (1952) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"The bell of destiny has tolled, and as the music of its solemn 
tone has faded within our ears, we now turn back the pages of mem- 
ory of our departed and beloved Companions. 

Somewhere back of the sunset, where loveliness 

Never dies, they live in a land of glory, with 

The blue, and the gold of the skies. 

And we, who have loved them and lost them, 

Whose passing has caused us tears. 

Shall cherish their memory always. 

Thru all of the coming years." 

Massachusetts (1951) 

We quote from the Grand High Priest; 

"These Companions do not die, actually die, until we forget 
them. In many ways they flash before us. They being dead, yet 
speaketh. Wherever our lives have been touched or our characters 
moulded by them, that factor abides. It is a deathless influence. No 
one can bury that. To what was best in them, the grave has no 

Utah (1951 

Committee on Necrology reported; 

"The real secret of these great lives was their consecration to 
the will and purpose of God. They were consciously under His 
will and protection. They were supported by their abiding trust 
in His providence. Their prosperity, they felt, came from Him, and 
in adversity they were confident that he had not forsaken them. 
They moved forward in the unfailing faith that their lives were 
ordered of God. Hence they were strong, faithful, heroic and pati- 
ent. And so we may feel that God has a plan concerning every one 
of us." 


Delaware (1952) 

The grand High Priest quoted on Necrology,— 

"What is this mystery that men call death? 
My friend before me lies in all save breath; 
He seems the same as yesterday— 
His face, so calm, so like to life 
Bears not a trace of that great fear, 
Which all of us so dread- 
He is not dead— but sleeps. 
I know he will awake, 

And take me by the hand as he did yesterday, 
And have some gentle words to say- 
Some kindly deeds to do; 
For loving thought and deed 

Were warp and woof of which his life was wrought 
He is not dead— such souls forever live 
In boundless measure of the love they give" 

North Carolina (1952) 

The Grand High Priest said; 

"As we view the lives of our departed Companions, we thank 
God for such men, who by their faith and works, have added to 
the world's welfare and have left us a noble heritage of blessed 
memories. Masonry and the world at large are richer for their hav- 
ing lived among us and exemplified in their lives the sacred tenets 
of our profession." 

Nebraska (1951) 

From the Report of Committee on Fraternal Dead we quote; 

"Though a sense of sadness, loneliness and sorrow settles over 
us as lowering clouds, there will also be that radiance of a blessed 
benediction and peace which the world cannot give or ever take 
away. May there come to us a new appreciation for the worth of 
those who have lived and laboured among us for the good of the 
craft and to the glory of God." 

Let us not think of our departed dead 

As caught and cumbered in the graves of earth; 

But think of Death as another Birth, 

As a new freedom for the wings outspread. 

A new adventure waiting on ahead 

As a new joy of more etheral mirth, 

As a new world with friends of nobler worth, 

Where all may taste a more immortal bread." 

Vermont (1952) 

From the Report of the Committee on Necrology this is taken; 

"No man may become an initiate in our great Masonic Order 
unless he believes in God, in the Immortality of the Soul, and the 
universal brotherhood of man. 

With our belief and faith firmly rooted in these principles, life 
on earth may be compared to an electric spark between two great 
mysterious eternities, a meteor flashing across earth's horizon. 

We commemorate the memory of those with whom we enjoyed 
a common experience in a common cause, and pause for a moment 
in reverent silence to pay our tribute of profoundest love. Though 
their stay with us was but a flash of light shining through the black- 
ness of an eternal night, that brief stay illumined our pathway, for 
the sunshine of their love and friendship were flowers of divine 

Georgia (1952) 

The Committee on Memorials emphatically states; 

"I a man die, shall he live again? is a question that will not 
be hushed. It is no wonder that such questions have been asked by 
myriads, in the recent years. Suffering hearts all around the encircl- 
ing globe have asked and are continually asking if death is an eter- 
nal sleep, and if the grave ends all. To such questions we must give 
our most positive answer. The grave does not end all. The doctrine 
of immortality is not a dead creed, an empty speculation, an in- 
tellectual curiosity, an interesting question. The doctrine of im- 
mortality is a fact, a force, a great moral dynamic, which lifts life 
to high levels, and drives it to great ends. Yes, we are to live again, 
beyond the sunset and the night, to live on, consciously, personally 
and eternally. 

The character of God pressages immortality. When Job thought 
of God, he said 'I know that my Redeemer LivethV 

South Dakota (1951) 

The Grand High Priest affirms; 

Our common faith bids us, believe that all of those would say 

*° us " "Rejoice with me 

At my soul's loosing from captivity. 
Wish me "Bon Voyage" 
As you do a friend 
Whose joyous visit 
Finds its happy end." 


To us, the living, life holds forth a future of bright and glorious 
promise, yet we cannot be too often reminded that man is born to 

Idaho (1952) 

From the Report of the Committee on Necrology this is quoted; 

"May we remember their virtues, and that, to us, no greater 
honor, could we give in life than their exaltation to Royal Arch 
Mason, and in their passing, no greater tribute than that they had 
appropriated unto themselves the proud title of Workmen that need- 
eth not to be ashamed. 

"Upon the door that ever opens outward 
From this life into the great Eternity, 
We place a wreath of Laurel intertwined 
With Acacia-symbol of victory and immortality". 

Del ware (1952) 

The Grand High Priest concluded a concise report with this verse; 

Thou art a gift of God to me, my friend, 
To Him I will in gratitude commend; 
Thy life, in which you've done 
So much of His good work; 
Also will I pray that neither grief, nor joy, nor loss, 

nor gain 
May bring excess of happiness or pain, 
But in a quiet calm thou mayest move; 
And day by day may His light glow in thee, 
That other souls may know, 
Like, you, the peace that only God can give; 
Thy life, a helpful soul with understanding mind— 

I thus commend 
To God, whose gift thou art to me, my friend." 

Ohio (1951) 

From the Necrology report this is quoted; 

"We are so foolish about death, we will not learn 
How it is wages paid to those who earn, 
How it is the gift for which on earth we yearn 
To be set free from bondage to the flesh; 
How it is turning seed corn into grain, 
How it is winning Heavens eternal gain, 
How it means freedom evermore from pain, 
How it untangles every mortal mesh." 

"That contains after all the whole philosophy of Masonry. It 
gives to life a high noble purpose and enables us to look forward 
with assurance to that larger and fuller life yet to come and for 


which we are fitting ourselves as living stones for that spiritual 
building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." 

For those we love within the veil 

Who once were comrades of our way, 

We thank Thee Lord; for they have won 

To cloudless day; 

And life for them is life indeed 

The splendid goal of earth's straight race; 

And where no shadows intervene 

They see Thy face. 

Not as we knew them any more, 

Toil-worn, and sad with burdened care; 

Erect, clear-eyed, upon their brows 

Thy name they bear." 

Vermont (1952) 

The Grand Chaplain Prays; 

"Trusting in Thy infinite wisdom and love, we remember in 
our prayers the beloved Companions who, since we last met in 
convocation, have ended their earthly labors and departed from us 
to face Thy judgment. We remember gratefully their fellowship, 
and we cherish their memories. 

Thy mercy and compassion are boundless as eternity and we 
commend the souls of the departed Companions to Thy protection 
and care. May they dwell with Thee in perpetual light ever growing 
in grace, encompassed by Thy immeasurable love. 

Comfort and hearten all the bereaved. Grant unto each of 
them the healing and comforting faith that mortal death is the be- 
ginning of immortal life; that beyond the veil of death is eternal 
life for all who have lived by Thy law, in Thy faith and fear." 


Massachusetts (1951) 

The Grand High Priest thus pays tribute to a faithful and outstanding Com- 
panion, the late Excellent Companion, Raymond Thomas Sewall; 

"Modest and unassuming, never seeking or desiring Masonic 
glory, 'Ray' would have us do no more than bid him 'Farewell.' 
His last request was that only the necessary formalities be followed 
as he laid down the 'working tools' he had so faithfully used for 
half a century. Let us, then, permit the poet to express in language 


that will never die, our true feelings with references to the passing 
of our friend and Companion, 'Ray' Sewall: 

"Of such as he was. there be few on earth; 
Of such as he is. there are few in Heaven; 
And life is all the sweeter that he lived, 
And all he loved more sacred for his sake. 
And Death is all the brighter that he died, 
And Heaven is all the happier that he's there." 

Ireland (1951) 

The Grand King pays this tribute; 

"It is with profound regret that we have to record the passing 
of M.E. Grand King, Sir Milne Barbour which took place in 
October, 1951, in his 84th year. On the death of M.E. Comp. Col. 
Sir William Taylor in 1923, he w r as unanimously elected Grand King 
which exalted position he held until his death. He was a man who 
carried into a ripe old age the zest and resilence of youth .... men 
of his calibre and character give strength to the community and 
add charm to human relationships. In him the manner and the 
man were truly one." 


British Columbia (1952) 

The Grand First Principal in paying tribute to his Late Most Gracious Majesty, 
King George the VI, said; 

"Perhaps the words most commonly read in the newspapers and 
heard on the streets are, 'He was a good man.' Men often feel 
that to be described as a 'good man' implies weakness and lack 
of virility and masculinity, which members of our sex like to feel 
they possess. There was no weakness in the man whom we knew as 
our King. He had spent many years in the Navy, and as a young 
man in World War One, displayed great valour and bravery in the 
Battle of Jutland. Wherever he was called to serve-always ready 
to do his share in the everyday tasks. He was a kind and affection- 
ate husband and father, conscientious but ahvays kind and con- 
siderate in carrying out his obligations and duties to the State. The 
King was greatly beloved by all his peoples. He was respected as a 
man and a prince, far beyond the many realms over which he reign- 
ed. His courage in War and Peace— all these were aspects of his 


character. He was always cheerful even in his illness just prior to 
his death. He was sustained not only by his natural buoyancy but 
by the sincerity of his Christian faith. 

With such an inspiration set before us, I feel sure each and 
every Companion must feel a greater responsibility, and desire to 
fulfill the vows and obligations, which he took when he entered our 
Order and will strive to make the Royal Arch a real Arch between 
Heaven and Earth. So, my Companions, if I may, I would like to 
quote the message our late Sovereign gave to the world at Christmas, 

'I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year, 'Give me the 
light, that I may tread safely into the unknown.' And he replied, 
'Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. 
That shall be to you better than light and safer than any known 


New Jersey (1951) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"The future is bright for Royal Arch Masonry in New Jersey. 
The very nature of modern Fraternalism is that we are increasingly 
dependent on one another. We must continue to recognize the fact 
and act accordingly. By so doing, we ever will be Royal Arch 
Masons in mind, heart and action." 

Alabama (1952) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"Something must be done to re-awaken the interest of those 
smaller dormant chapters even if the subpoena method must be 
used. If all fails in this direction then it is my suggestion that the 
weaker and inactive chapters consolidate with their stronger sister 
chapters near them and thus in doing so it will improve capitular 

masonry It is my observation that there are too many people 

going through York Rite bodies with no idea of ever returning to 
attend proceedings. I gi\e you strictly in charge that it is your re- 
sponsibility to dispense further light in free masonry by impressing 
upon those candidates the solemnity of the occasion and the lessons 
taught therein and appeal to their better intincts by making the 
work so beautiful that they will want to come back for further light. 
Some Chapters in the state seem to exist solely for the purpose of 


collecting dues. These chapters should be disbanded and joined to 
some chapter which is more alert to the needs of enlightening the 

Missouri (1952) 

The Grand High Priest would like to report; 

"That all is well with Royal Arch Masonry in Missouri. In 
fact, I feel that, in general all is well, but there are a few instances 
where special attention must be given and an extra amount of work 
done, or else some three or four chapters will cease forever to per- 
form the function for which they were established. A dead or in- 
active Chapter is certainly no credit to Royal Arch Masonry. 

Our Grand Lecturer is doing excellent work, but he alone can- 
not service all our chapters and still give the special attention these 
inactive chapters require if they are to survive. Neither can the 
Grand High Priest spend all of his time for this purpose." 

Connecticut (1952) 

The Grand High Priest advises; 

"Sometimes I wonder if we are not paying too much attention 
to those in the sunset of life and not enough to those who are in the 
morning of their life. While I am in hearty accord with all we are 
doing for our older Companions, and would not diminish our aid 
one iota, still I feel we are neglecting in some measure the youth of 
our country, for it is to them we must look very shortly for leader- 
ship in all the perplexing problems that are facing us in this very 
complex situation. The better they are trained and the true prin- 
ciples of Masonry instilled in their hearts, the better it will be for 
all of us whether it be in civil, religious or fraternal life." 

Lousianna (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"I am happy to report that all chapters have been very active 
during the past year, with the exception of a very few. We feel the 
law as passed by our Grand Lodge at its last Grand Communication, 
whereby a Master Mason either had to be proficient in all degrees, 
or wait six months after receiving his Master Mason degree, before 
petitioning for capitular degree, has slowed the work in the Chap- 
ters in the past year. We think all chapters fully understand and 
agree with the law and our work in Capitular Masonry should be 
more progressive in the future." 


Virginia (1952) 

The Grand High Priest says; 

"For several years we have experienced a decrease in our net 
gain in membership with a low mark of 176 last year. This year the 
net gain is considerably higher and, while it does not approach the 
gains of some previous years we believe it indicates that the tide has 
turned and Capitular Masonry in this jurisdiction is on its way up 

Most encouraging is the fact that our loss by suspensions for 
non-payment of dues has taken a decided drop. I have always felt 
that these losses were largely the fault of the Chapters in that while 
we have exalted a great many candidates, we have failed to make as 

many good Royal Arch Masons as we should It has been one 

of my objectives this year to keep our suspensions for non-payment 
of dues to the minimum without carrying any of our delinquents 
indefinitely, and I believe that our Chapters have made a sincere 
effort to carry out this objective." 

Wisconsin (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"A very thin margin separates the Grand Chapter of Wisconsin 

from the gain, to the loss column I realize that all Chapters 

have a period of activity and one of inactivity. After careful study it 
seems the answer is leadership. Your Grand Officers and District 
Instructors are at all times willing to assist and help any Chapter 

that is willing to ask and receive I feel that Royal Arch 

Masonry in Wisconsin is in a healthy state; delinquent dues are at 
a minimum and interest in the Royal Craft is excellent." 

Idaho (1952) 

In concluding his Address the Grand High Priest stated; 

"It has been gratifying to observe the increasing interest in Royal 
Arch Masonry which at the present time is in the hands of very 
capable leaders. The number of enthusiastic officers heading Idaho 
Chapters seems to be on the increase and their loyalty to a cause 

they believe in indicates that the future will bring an ever increas- 
ing number of Royal Arch Masons." 

Minnesota (1951) 

The Grand High Priest considers that; 

"During the past year, the general progress of Capitular 
Masonry in the state has been very encouraging. The majority of 
the Chapters throughout the Jurisdiction have been active. Several 
that have been inactive have again resumed degree work and one 
new Chapter was constituted. In my visits of the subordinate Chap- 
ters throughout the State, I found great interest shown by the Com- 
panions of Capitular Masonry. We had a net gain this year of 366 

Companions exalted to the Sublime degree of the Royal Arch 

Harmony has prevailed throughout the year and I can see no reason 
why Capitular Masonry in Minnesota should not continue to 


Missouri (1952) 

The Incoming Grand High Priest expressed this belief; 

"That as long as there were 118,000 Master Masons in the State 

of Missouri and only 23,000 Royal Arch Masons, our work has not 

been completed. He announced that he was making appointment of 

some twenty personal representatives who would work under the 

guidance of Grand Officers of the District." 

Pennsylvania (1951) 

Grand High Priest advises; 

"It cannot be expected that in the acquisition of new members 
no mistakes should be made, but it is expected that great care should 
be exercised in the solicitation of new members and the approval of 
petitions. It is not enough that a petitioner has received the ap- 
proval of Symbolical Masonry the functions of the Committee on 
Investigation are not of a casual nature to be considered lightly and 
acted upon without a thorough inquiry as to the fitness and qualifi- 
cation of the petitioner. This responsibility increases when classes 
are worked up in a short space of time. Each Most Excellent High 
Priest must be careful in the appointment of committees and insist 
that they perform their duties to the fullest measure. 

This strict injunction applies to those who become recommen- 
ders upon petitions. A recommender should know the applicant 

as a Master Mason and should be well acquainted with the peti- 
tioners qualifications for advancement." 

Vermont (1952) 

The Grand High Priets suggests a lowering of the entrance standards; 

"Our potential candidates, we should remember, are brother 
Masons and as such should have been properly screened and should, 
without question in most cases, be as eligible to be Capitular Masons 
as we are ourselves. 

Each and every one who is to serve as an officer and is to ad- 
vance in line in any Chapter or in their Grand Chapter, must, if 
we are to progress, show his ability, leadership and willingness to 
work without fear or reward. It is a mistake to allow or insist that 
any Companion head a Chapter or work a degree for a score of 

We have something that each Master Mason should aspire to 
attain and if a Chapter has an energetic High Priest with ability, and 
the willingness of his subordinate officers to back him to the limit, 
then the Chapter will show great progress under such leadership. 
The Chapter will rise, stand, or disintegrate according to its leader- 
ship. There is an urgent and imperative need today for every 
Masonic society to function as never before. 

It is an erroneous idea that 'Capitular Masonry* is separate 
and apart from ancient Craft Masonry. Capitular Masonry IS 
Ancient Craft Masonry. The fundamentals of Masonry are taught 
in the Lodge; but the task of completing the story, and explaining 
the mysteries, is given to the Royal Arch. 

Victoria (1952) 

The M. Em. First Grand Principal states; 

"There are in Victoria over 90,000 Master Masons who are 
subscribing members of Craft Lodges. Of these only 9,000 have 
become members of the Royal Arch— only 10 per cent. Why? Can 
it be that 90 per cent of Freemasons in Victoria, many of them 
Past Masters, are so little interested in the mysteries of the Craft 
that they are content with the limited knowledge they have gained? 
Is it that they do not realize that they have not learned the most im- 
portant knowledge that Freemasonry has to offer them? Or is it 
that so large a percentage of Craftsmen are so unworthy to be 


received among us, or is their intelligence so limited that they 
would not be able to comprehend our sublime teachings? 

Some of these explanations may apply to a few, but I am in- 
clined to think that the real reason for our disproportionate num- 
bers is largely our own indifference. 

Let us each put to himself a question— have I not a worthy 
personal friend in my own Craft Lodge whom I would like to see in 
my Chapter? Then, why not place before him the great advantage 
of completing his Third degree. He is probably only waiting for 
me to put the suggestion to him. 

We know that it is highly improper for a Freemason to canvas 
for members among the uninitiated, but it is a very different matter 
in the Royal Arch. It is, on the contrary, our fraternal duty to 
bring to the notice of suitable brethren the moral advantages of 
knowledge which can come to them by going a step further and 
becoming members of our Order." 

Rhode Island (1952) 

The Grand High Priest thus advises; 

"We should be much concerned with the problem of our de- 
clining membership. It has been pointed out that the age limit of 
the members of some of our bodies is such that if we had no new 
members, the normal death rate would entirely exhaust the member- 
ship in a period of approximately fifteen years." 

Scotland (1952) 

The Past Grand First Principal, M.E. Companion Major R. H. F. Moncrief stated, 

"It is an extraordinary thing that in all my long experience the 

number of people we have taken into the Supreme Chapter has 

nearly always been about one in four of those who entered the craft." 

New Zealand (1952) 

The First Grand Principal reports; 

"It is very pleasing to note that there has been a further gain 

in the membership of our .... Royal Arch Chapters. The 

total membership is approximately 17 per cent of the num- 
ber of Craft Masons who are members of the Grand Lodge of New 
Zealand. We should, therefore, be prompted to put forward greater 
ef forts to increase our membership. It is our duty to encourage 


those Master Masons who desire to make further progress in Free- 
masonry, to join a Royal Arch Chapter. We should inform them 
that the Royal Arch degree is virtually the completion of the Master 
Mason's degree. In the English constitution of many years ago the 
Royal Arch degree was worked in the craft lodge as part of the 
Master Mason's degree. We should also inform them that in the 
Royal Arch degree they will discover something which was lost 
just before the completion of the temple of King Solomon." 

Vermont (1952) 

The Grand High Priest is alarmed; 

"A study of the membership of Capitular Masonry in Vermont 
for the last half century shows that at the end of the fifty-year period, 
we are a long way below what we were at the end of the first twenty- 
five years. In fact, from 1900 to 1926 shows a definite increase and 
beginning with 1931, a fast decline." 

Grand General Chapter Triennial (1951) 

The General Grand Secretary says; 

"While numbers are not in any sense criteria of the excellence 
of a Rite of Freemasonry, no Rite of Freemasonry can hope to live 
and serve Masons unless it grows. No Rite of Freemasonry can 
hope to make itself effective unless its members have something of 
the Masonic Spirit, the zeal, which leads them to want to bring to 
their less informed Brethren the significant lessons of the Royal 

New Jersey (1951) 

The Grand High Priest advises; 

"Service to Capitular Masonry through exemplifying its ideals 
and precepts brings strength and understanding to each and every 
Companion. Not only must we keep alive and active that inspir- 
ation but generously impart it so that future generations may sustain 
its glorious principles. 

Royal Arch Masonry will continue to be a source of emotional 
and moral strength for the world on one condition. That condition 
is: our fraternity stay prosperous— our activities move forward pro- 
gressively—we continue to increase our membership by understand- 
ing and friendship, and finally Royal Arch Companions fulfill 
their solemn obligations. Companions, our endeavours must ever 
be in the right direction— that direction is Onward and Forward. 


Grand General Chapter Triennial (1951) 
The Genera] (.rand High Priesl closed his address thus; 

"Every Master Mason should be a Royal Arch Mason. He has 
that right, and it is his duty to do so. He needs the Royal Arch 
to complete his Ancient Craft Masonry. The duty of dispensing 
Masonic light and knowledge rests on the shoulders of every Royal 
Arch Mason. It is our duty to enlighten our Brothers who have not 
joined with us. Our Ancient Brethren and Companions handed 
down to us a great heritage, a great tradition. A Royal Arch Chap 
ter is not just another Masonic organization. It is an institution 
of higher Masonic learning. Each chapter and each Royal Arch 
Mason has a job to do. When we take our Royal Arch Masonry 
seriously, when we practice Royal Arch Masonry, then we give to 
Freemasonry that which our early English Bethren intended when 
they added to their declaration. 'Including the Supreme Order of 
the Holy Royal Arch.' 

Oklahoma (1952) 

The Grand High Priest advises; 

"We are not gaining very much for the Royal Arch when we 
take in a member and at the same time suspend a member for non- 
payment of dues. This condition has been going on for a number 
of years, and this is the reason we have not gained in membership 
as we should. With almost eighty thousand Master Masons belong- 
ing to the Blue Lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction the membership 
of the Royal Arch should not be less than twenty-five thousand. 
We hope our chapters will make up and do everything possible to 
get away from the large suspensions for non-payment of dues we 
have been having for the past several years. 

Our chapters must do better degree work. Our beautiful and 
impressive degrees must be conferred in a correct, perfect and im- 
pressive way. When they are conferred in this manner they impress 
and the recipient becomes interested and becomes a regular worker 
in the Rite." 

California (1952) 

California publishes a series of charts comparing the growth of 
masonry with the growth of population. They show that symbolical 
masonry has increased 10 times while the population has increased 
7 1/ 2 times during the past 5 decades. Royal Arch Masonry has not 
shown the same proportionate increase." 


Minnesota (1951) 

The Committee on Public Relations reports; ; 

"Approximately 1000 letters from the Grand High Priest, to- 
gether with a like number of booklets have been mailed to Blue 
Lodge Brothers whose names have been received by your 

Vermont (1952) 

The Grand High Priest proclaimed this edict; 

"That each and every subordinate Chapter of the Grand Chap- 
ter of the State of Vermont, appoint, elect or assign, and/or the 
High Priest of each subordinate Chapter, with the advice of the 
King, Scribe and Secretary, appoint a membership committee con- 
sisting of at least one member who shall be energetic, with a pleasing 
personality, for each 100 members of each Blue Lodge in its juris- 
diction, and at least one such member in each town within their 
jurisdiction. This committee shall distribute 'A Plain Talk with 
Master Masons' to every prospective member within the jurisdiction 
and shall, with each subordinate Chapter, take any other necessary 
steps to obtain his application for membership. Said committee shall 
report their findings to their respective Chapter at least one in 
every three months. Each Chapter shall report the progress of the 
membership committee to the Grand Secretary at least twice each 
year. Each District Deputy Grand High Priest shall check with each 
Chapter in his district at least three times each year and report to 
the Grand Secretary his findings in his district within thirty days 
start after making the check with any Chapter." 

Texas (1951) 

Recommends dual membership with the provision that a 
Companion cannot be a member of more than one chapter in the 
same town. 

Lousianna (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"I feel plural membership is responsible for the activity of 
several Chapters in this Grand Jurisdiction. This has been one of 
the most beneficial acts of this Grand Chapter to the Constituent 
Chapters. Many of our Companions holding plural membership 
have been an inspiration and benefit to their Chapter and are to 
be congratulated for their zeal to the order." 

Texas (1951) 

The Grand High Priest stairs. 

"Upon assuming the office of Grand High Priest, I wrote the 
Chapters asking that they use extreme caution in admissions into 
our Order— determining if applicant is of good material and worthy: 
whether he will be an asset to Capitulary Masonry and not whether 
Capitular Masonry will just be an asset to him. Further, that our 
work be performed according to the manner adopted by our Grand 
Chapter, and that the Degrees should be conferred in a most im- 
pressive manner, saying: Our work is of a serious nature, and we 
should be equally as serious in the conferring of the degrees. Our 
ancient Brethren were painstaking in their work, and only good 
and square work was acceptable. Your work in the degrees should 
be so good that the initiate will, in a most impressive manner be 
indented with Capitular lessons. These lessons will enable the 
initiate to labor more diligently in the quarries of life, that when 
his day is spent, his accomplishments and the mark he has made 
will meet the test of the Grand Overseer 

I also asked the chapters to make every effort to restore to active 
membership those Companions worthy of reinstatement, and to an 
endeavour to retain all Companions on active rolls, if at all possible 
to do so." 


Tennessee (1952) 

The Grand High Priest stated; 

"It is my happy privilege and pleasure to extend a most cordial 
and fraternal welcome to the representatives of our subordinate 
Chapters, and to the numerous distinguished Masons both from 
within and without our Jurisdiction, who to-day honour us with 
their presence. It is the fond hope of myself and all the officers of 
this Grand Chapter, that your experience here will be long re- 
membered for the joy of close fellowship and for the inspiration 
we shall strive to generate. May each of you return to your re- 
spective homes and Chapters at the close of this Convocation imbued 
with renewed zeal for your daily task, for your Masonic duties, and 
for the service to your God which reflects itself through loving 
service to your fellowman." 


Iowa (1952) 

The Grand High Priest concludes his address as follows; 

"Let me to-day do something that will take a little sadness from 
the world's store, and may I be so favoured as to make of joys 
too scanty sum a little more. Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed 
or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend, nor would I pass 
unseeing worthy need; or sin by silence when I should defend. 
However meager be my world wealth, let me give something that 
shall aid my kind-a-word of courage, or a thought of health dropped 
as I pass for troubled hearts to find. Let me to-night look back 
across the span 'twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say— 
Because of some good act to beast or man— 'The world is better that 
I lived to-day.'" 

Texas (1951) 

From the address of the Grand High Priest we quote; 

"Certainly we need to be optomistic— not the pollyanna kind— 
but a person who, while keenly aware of his own and other short- 
comings, is still sure that 'God is his Heaven and all's right with 
the world.' This is the kind of optimism that makes a man keep 
on working and trying even though his previous efforts have been 
unsuccessful. He is hopeful that this time will be different; but, 
regardless of the outcome, he keeps trying. Perhaps a better term 
for this kind of optimism is faith in our fellow man. So long as we 
have this optimism, or faith, or call it what you will, we will con- 
tinue to stand firm and strong. This hope will cause us to give of 
our time, energy and money to those groups which are working for 
the advancement of us all. And it is only as each of us— the in- 
dividual—has this faith and WORKS it out, that we can continue to 
enjoy our personal freedoms. 

It required considerable courage on the part of some of us to be 
optimistic in these upset times. But we need to be reminded that 
our times are not very different from what our fore-fathers knew. 
They, too, had wars, threats of war, panic, depressions and in- 
flations Our need is for a spiritual revival which will bring 

about a moral regeneration; and as Masons we should rededicate 
ourselves to those true Masonic teachings as revealed in the Book 
of the Law. And so long as we have the courage to follow its teach- 
ings and stand up for our own convictions, we shall remain strong. 

With optimism, courage and cooperation as our personal objec- 
tives we will grow as individuals. When we increase in stature as 
individuals, then our social, fraternal and political organizations 
will he on a safe sound basis." 

Wisconsin (1952) 

The Grand High Priest concludes his address thus; 

"My message throughout the State this past year has been to 
be alert to indifference. We must keep Masonry on a personal 
basis and guard against it becoming impersonal. The inroad that 
communism makes in any organization, is through the indifference 
of its members. While Masonry will be the last organization for 
communism to infiltrate, we must strengthen our fraternity against 
this ungodly evil. I have said on many occasions that I could not 
help but feel that God has caused Masonry to be created, and we 
as God-fearing men, shall preserve it." 

Texas (1951) 

The Grand High Priest points out; 

"In my work during the year, I have tried to stress the import- 
ance of the individual and the value of his position in society. 
Masonry seeks to impress its lessons upon the individual, endeavour- 
ing to make him a better man and a better Mason. One of 
Masonry's prime lessons is to teach the individual to think. A think- 
ing individual naturally is an intelligent individual. Think right: 
speak right: live right. 

As an individual citizen of this state and Nation, we have a 
multitude of privileges and opportunities. It is trite to say that no 
other citizen in any other country of the world has anything like so 
many. But in exercising and enjoying our rights, we often lose sight 
of the duties and obligations such privileges entail. It has been said 
that to 'relieve the individual of his responsibilities also robs him 
of his rightful dignity as an individual.' Unless we set ourselves 
the task of doing all we can to see that we do those things which 
will make us stronger, better individuals then we have failed to use 
our opportunities and to live up to our duties and responsibilities 
as heirs of the ages. Also we have failed to insure that our children 
and our children's children will be heirs of the same rights and free- 
doms that we take so very much for granted." 


New York (1952) 

From the Grand Lecturers report this is taken; 

"Is it not true that, the real asset of Royal Arch Masonry is 
the earnest interested man who loves the organization for the op- 
portunities it affords him of doing good to others and who unself- 
ishly gives his moral support to the principles it inculcates? He 
contributes his presence, time and efforts to upbuilding and sustain- 
ing the local chapter. No man receives from Capitulary Masonry 
substantial results unless he is sufficiently interested to give his time, 
influence and energy to put into action the great principles for 
which the organization stands. The greater the activity, the more 
one lives closer to its ideals, thus each life is filled with the spirit 
of service. .... The strength of a chapter, the manner in which its 
degrees are conferred and the general attitude and interest taken by 
its members, is gauged by the character and calibre of the men at its 
head. Is it too much to insist that each Chapter remember this, and 
insist upon keeping out of office those who only seek to use it to 
gain a title or a political end, placing in the positions of responsibil- 
ity and trust the highest type of men which their individual com- 
munities afford?" 


Wyoming (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"In my travels over the state I tried to impress upon the Com- 
panions what I thought were the basic principles of Free Masonry- 
Brotherly Love and Friendship. I feel that this practice would place 
our order on a higher level of respect with all mankind. Someone 
daily needs a helping hand. I fear too often Brotherly Love and 
Friendship is left within the portals of our Temples, instead of 
being spread throughout the realm. We were shown how the glor- 
ious and everlasting I Am appeared unto Moses in a flame of fire 
out of the midst of a bush, to enkindle within our hearts a flame 
of devotion to Him, of love to each other, and of charity to all man- 
kind. Impressing upon our minds and having a happy and lasting 
effect upon our lives, so that when we pass through the outer veils 
of these earthly courts, we may be admitted into the Holy of Holies 
above, into the presence of the Grand Council of Heaven, where the 
Supreme High Priest forever presides— forever reigns. Amen." 

New York (1952) 

The (.rami High Priest said; 

"What is this philosophy we preach— Brotherhood under the 
one God, the Father of All Men." It is not something around about 
us that we live in. It is something that is within us only waiting 
for us to release it. 

From the Optimists Prayer by William J. Robinson he quotes: 
'Grant that I may be a true, loyal friend, a genial companion with 
the broad honest charity born of an intimate knowledge of my own 
short comings. If I win, crown me with the laurels fitting to be 
worn by the victor; and if I fail, may it be with my face to the foe, 
fighting manfully, and falling, fling to the host behind, 'play up, 
play up and play the game'." 

Utah (1951) 

Most Excellent Companion Robert C. Cross states; 

"Royal Arch Masonry is a vital living branch of Ancient Craft 
Masonry. Allow not your enthusiasm to be checked by carping 
critics, who regard Royal Arch Masonry as a stepping stone or a 
halting place or a necessary nuisance. Royal Arch Masonry is the 
pith and core, the summit and completion of Ancient Craft Masonry. 
She stands majestic and serene amid the crumbling ruins of the Old 
Temple, her brow clothed with the splendor of His Holy Name. 
Her finger circled with the signet of truth, ever pointing upward. 
She keepeth watch over priceless treasure, and exists for the pre- 
servation of truths that have caught the gleam of Heaven. From 
the dark entombment of ages she hath recovered that which was lost, 
and the continual utterance of her lips is 'Holiness to the Lord'." 

Maryland (1951) 

The Crand High Priest concluded his address thus; 

'The promulgation and practicing of the teachings of Royal 
Arch Masonry are high ideals. A gracious God has given us strength 
to serve and wisdom to discern, what we should do, if we would, 
working through our beloved Fraternity, help spread His teachings 
to mankind. As we pause in our quiet hours to reflect, may we 
determine to rededicate our lives to the service of Him the Omni- 
present, Omniscient, and Omnipotent God. And we pray that our 
efforts, though humble, be acceptable in His sight." 


Maryland (1951) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"Masonry is a universal Body, and the practical application of 
its teachings, are still sorely needed in the world today. Members 
of groups, who for various reasons, have not knelt with us at our 
Altars, respect, yet fear us. Some because of ignorance of our 
principles, others because of knowledge to a limited degree. They 
all know of our lofty ideals, of our belief in a Supreme Being, and 
that Masons cannot be compromised to sell out to any group, their 
Country or the rights of Free men. May I remind you, never to 
suffer your zeal for the institution to lead you into an argument 
with those who, through ignorance, may ridicule it. Live daily, by 
the teachings of Masonry, and as God-fearing companions, we need 
fear no man or group of men." 

Oklahoma (1952) 

The Grand High Priest points out that; 

"We find in Royal Arch Masonry a fellowship, a close fellow- 
ship which unites us into a select band of friends and Companions, 
laboring for the best interest of Free Masonry; a fellowship in which 
we love to dwell and learn from our beloved Order and our Com- 
panions, that deep and lasting truth, which comes from the great 
and everlasting teachings that are stored in our Capitular degrees, 
and made available to those Masons who desire to seek and know 
the truth." 

Kansas (1952) 

The Grand High Priest proclaims; 

"Our Order has stood the test of time, outlasted the rule of any 
king except its own creator. It has lasted longer than any other 
form of government or organization, with these simple aims; to 
practice charity and benevolence, to protect chastity, respect the ties 
of blood and friendship, adopt the principles and revere the ordin- 
ances of religion, assist the feeble, guide the blind, raise up the 
down trodden, shelter the orphan, guard the altar, support the 
government, inculcate morality, promote learning, love man, fear 
God, implore Hs mercy and hope for happiness." 

District of Columbia (1952) 

The Grand Visitor and Lecturer states; 

"Masonry stands for something definite and distinctive, wher- 
ever it is found. When we remember that the man who comes into 

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it takes up a life work, a life obligation, the necessity for the edu- 
cational function becomes imperative. No man (.in ever penetrate 

the outer wrappings of our ritual who has heard nothing but the 
paragraphs and lectures that have entitled him to call himself a 
Mason. To be sure, many men are satisfied with just this, and they 
go on to the end of their lives unconscious of what they have missed. 

Strive to make men realize their responsibility to one another; 
their duty to their neighbour, their necessity of belie! and trust in 
God, and communion with Him, bring home to them the truth that 
study of the ritual and history of Masonry will inspire the Great 
Vision, and will reveal the duty of man to have faith, and tirelessly 
spread the doctrine of God's Fatherhood and the brotherhood of all 
men, and this, that peace may reign on earth." 

Wyoming (1951) 
The Grand High Priest reminds us that; 

"The hope of America and the world depends on people who 
are living according to the basic teachings of Capitular Masonry. 
We hear a lot of the evil in the world, of crime and lowered moral 
standards; but there are still many people in your community and 
mine who live by the fundamental principles of rightness and de- 
cency. Our task is to maintain those standards. 


Kentucky (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"Our Homes are the capstone of the edifice, the Keystone of 
the Arch. I have visited each of the Homes several times during the 
year, mainly at Board meetings. And it is always a delight to find 
a list of zealous Brothers on these Boards, earnestly seeking to secure 
and maintain the best possible conditions for our residents in the 

Ohio (1951) 

The Grand Chapter reappointed the trustee on the Board of 
Trustees of the Ohio Masonic home for a further period of three 

Texas (1951) 

Home for aged masons. This home is the only one of its kind 
owned and operated by a Grand Royal Arch Chapter." 


North Carolina (1951) 

Hie Grand High Priest says; 

" (Oxford Orphanage)— This institution is in a splendid con- 
dition and reflects credit, not only on the Craft, but especially on 

the Superintendent, and on his efficient corps of workers 

1 give them highest praise, and ask all Companions to continue their 
liberal support of our orphanage." 

Indianna (1952) 

Report of the Special Committee on a Joint Benevolent Project recommends; 

"The resolution gave consideration to the furnishing as a 
joint benevolent project of further educational facilities and advant- 
ages to those boys and girls from the Masonic Home who have 
completed High School and who, by their scholarship attainments 
and general capabilities, have shown themselves worthy of such ad- 
vantages. The fund, when established, shall be known and desig- 
nated as the 'Samuel L. Shirley Memorial Educational Fund' in 
memory of our beloved friend and brother, Samuel L. Shirley, who 
was a Past Grand High Priest and who served the Masonic Home 
for many years. That the project be adopted by the Grand Council 
and by the Grand Chapter." 

New York (1952) 

The Committee on Tuberculosis relief reported; 

"That $4,114.44 had been expended on Royal Arch Masons, 
that since the inception of the scheme in 1924 there has been ex- 
pended a total of $108,100.79 for this purpose. They recommended 
that the committee be permitted to extend relief to one afflicted 
with tuberculosis who is dependent upon a member in good stand- 
Chapter of the State of New York under certain financial 

Arizona (1951) 

I he Grand High Priest recommended; 

"That we continue our assistance to the blind under the di- 
rection of Our Royal Arch Objective Committee and that the same 
appropriation of $1,500.00 be made." This sum of money is mostly 
for the support of a blind student at the University of Arizona. 


New Zealand (1952) 

The First Grand Principal reports; 

"It is also pleasing to note that the Chairman of the Jubilee 
Scholarship Council reports that 7 scholarships were granted to a 
value of £290. The fund is still growing, and is put to every use, 
and is deserving of all the support we can give." 


New York (1952) 

The Grand High Priest advises; 

"I have come to a fuller realization of our duties toward our 
youth. We are a spiritual and moral educational organization or 
Fraternity, but how much do we as a body, do about it? The 
Grand Commandery has set up an Educational Fund. This consists 
of loans and from their annual reports can be seen how seriously 
and conscientiously loans are taken and repaid by those who get 
them. Losses are infinitesimal. This shows what example can 
mean to youth. It works. Individual Chapters, it is true, have 
been undertaking the sponsorship of De Molay and have been 
doing a wonderful job at it. But why not back up our constituent 
Chapters with our help through Grand Chapter? .... We must, if 
we are to grow and progress, get youth to thinking. We must instill 
in their minds that we are governed by two sets of laws, the civil 
and the moral. The civil is a 'must,' the moral is an 'ought,' 
Youth can be led to follow their ought impulses. We can and 
should help them." 

South Carolina (1952) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"With the young manhood of our country today being enlisted 
in the Armed Forces of our great Nation, we should use every pre- 
caution to see that they are equipped with the wonderful lessons 
that are inculcated in each and every degree in Capitular Masonry. 
We have a wonderful opportunity to leave with these young men 
ideas that should help them place their faith in God and have a 
brighter hope for the future, and if their lives be snapped out on 
a battlefield, we certainly have an opportunity to place in their 
hands one of the greatest weapons that has ever been known to man. 
To those who are left at home to carry on and see that the home fires 
are kept kindled, the truths of Capitular Masonry will strengthen 
them as leaders of this great nation to carry on in a more steadfast 


and secure manner by having been well impressed at the altar of 
Capitular Masonry." 

Wisconsin (1952) 

The State Deputy for DeMolay states; 

"Some may think that the youth of today is not like that of 
yesterday. We believe the youth of today far excels that of the past 
and with proper guidance and training will do great things. 

We in Wisconsin are fortunate in having the DeMolay Foun- 
dation which enables the Masons of Wisconsin to see DeMolays 
through college when misfortune strikes." 

South Carolina (1952) 

The Grand High Priest in concluding his address states; 

"I have tried to stress the importance of either organizing or 

supporting an already organized DeMolay Let me urge again 

that each of you take a renewed interest in this work and should 
there not be a DeMolay in the jurisdiction of your Chapter, let 
me urge that you call together the proper parties with a determin- 
ation to organize a DeMolay." 

Nova Scotia (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"All chapters were circularized regarding the Order of DeMolay 
and the Board was instrumental in bringing Bro. Frank S. Land 
the founder to Halifax, where he met the members of the Board 
and other interested Masons and addressed the largely attended Dist- 
rict meeting in District No. 1A. As a result of these efforts the first 
council 'Crusader,' has been established in Halifax under the 
sponsorship of the Halifax Masters and Secretaries Association, and 
plans are proceeding towards the institution of Councils of De- 
Molay in other centres." 

British Columbia (1952) 

The Grand First Principal advises; 

"I would like to say a word or two here on behalf of two of 
our Youth Organizations, which exist in our Province to-day-the 
Orders of DeMolay and Job's Daughters. The candidates for both 
of these Orders have to be sponsored by a Freemason in good stand- 
ing. Both these Orders should have our moral support, particularly 


do I bespeak in behalf of the Order of DeMolay. These boys must 
be between the ages of 11 and 21 years to become eligible for 
membership and in a good many cases, alter they receive their 
Majority Degree at the age ot 21 years, become members of our 
Craft. They are the ones who will be shouldering the responsibilities 
of our government and the business world in the near future." 

Wisconsin (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"For thirty-one years, the Royal Arch Masons of Wisconsin 

have supported and sponsored DeMolay While the Grand 

Officers have, at every opportunity, promoted DeMolay in their 
area, I do feel that a closer relationship between the Grand Officers 
and officers of the Constituent Chapters, with the Board of Gover- 
nors, would strengthen our sponsorship." 

Rhode Island (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports on DeMolay activities; 

"Twenty-nine boys were registered for the camp, which opened 
on July 28th and continued for a week. I visited the camp on two 
occasions during the week and the boys with whom I spoke were 
most grateful and enthusiastic. In conjunction with the Grand 
Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Grand Chapter a Committee to 
have charge of this work w r as appointed. While the Grand Chapter 
was primarily the sponsor of this organization, the work is much 
too large to be confined to one body of Masonry and it is desirable 
and necessary that all our efforts be concentrated in an attempt to 
further the interests of the youth of our State." 


Vermont (1952) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"The time may come, when, if we are to exist we must render 
service to the community to justify our existence. We must be pre- 
pared to be more flexible in several ways, to proceed with open 
minds, to elect and appoint officers who will meet these conditions. 
In simple words, we must change our thoughts and procedures to 
fit the times or we will find ourselves cast aside as unlit for use." 


Minnestoa (1951) 

From the report of the Grand Lecturer we quote; 

"The time is now here when we must stop and ask ourselves 
the question— 'Are we proud of the record which we have written?' 
Have we set ourselves a goal? Have we set up a plan? There is a 
great gulf between a plan and its fulfillment. It is one thing to have 
a dream of what we will accomplish and another thing to make that 
dream a realty. To make a dream come true requires much effort 
and determination to do our best to make this dream or plan work 
out into a successful year. The chapters which do not have a 
successful year are so because the High Priest and Officers were 
not willing to face the reality of the price to be paid in hard work, 
for a year of which all can be proud. Far too many eyes are fixed 
on the star dust of just holding office and not on the responsibility 
which holding that office entails." 

Maryland (1951) 

The Report of the Grand Inspectors has this advice; 

"It appears necessary to remind the High Priests Elect of some 
of their duties. As for instance: 

1. Has your year been planned in advance? If it has not, 
it is probably too late. A High Priest Elect should 
plan his year while advancing in line. 

2. Open your Chapter promptly at the stated hour. 

3. Conduct business with dispatch. 

4. Confer Degrees correctly and impressively. 

5. Close at a reasonable hour. 

6. Avoid calling a recess. 

7. Acquaint yourself with the By-Laws of your Chapter." 

Massachusetts (1951) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"Taken altogether, the Capitular Degrees are a challenge to 
the intelligence, industry and the histrionic ability of every officer. 
The High Priest who has borne the burden and heat of the day, 
and has faithfully performed his duties through the line, may wear 
his jewel with the proud satisfaction that he has learned and de- 
livered a lot of ritual." 


Ohio (1951) 

The Grand High Priest points out; 

"What makes a successful Chapter? 

Harmony— Do your part to work in harmony and back the chapter 
officers, they need your co-operation. 

Attendance— Be present at Chapter meetings and take part in the 
work, your officers will appreciate your assistance. 

New Members— Ask your Blue Lodge friends to join the Chapter, 
it is your duty to dispense light and information to your less 
informed brethren. 

Dues— Keep your dues paid in advance. Prompt payment of dues 
greatly assists the secretary and the chapter in its work." 


Kansas (1952) 

The Committee on Correspondence has this timely comment; 

"Notable over the nation is the apparent ambition of Grand 
High Priests to do some particular thing by which they may be 
remembered. These have not always been constructive. Particularly 
reprehensible have been those who have urged Grand Chapters to 
sponsor outside movements and programmes 'to justify their exist- 
ence.' These could profitably intensify the support of their own 
field of Royal Arch Masonry." 

Colorado (1951) 

The Grand High Priest respectfully makes this observation; 

"If the officers and members of the York Rite Bodies would as 
carefully memorize and rehearse the Ritual of their degrees as do 
most of the members of the degree teams of the Scottish Rite for 
their reunions, there would be no dearth of petitions for the chapt- 
er, Council or Commandery degrees and orders. As I see it the 
greatest deterrent to the enthusiastic growth and work of our York 
Rite Chapters over the state, especially in the smaller ones, is the 
regrettable apathy and indifference and the pessimistic attitude 
of some of their officers. 

By and large Colorado Capitularly Masonry is progressing and 

showing a healthy condition Companions the answer hasn't 

changed. It is still LEADERSHIP. Chapters with aggressive lead- 
ers are prospering, and vice versa." 


New York (1952) 

The Grand High Priest advises; 

"It is noted that suspensions and dimits are reaching alarming 
proportions. We stand here in due reverence and pay our respects 
to those who have passed on to their reward and remember them 
in loving kindness. Should we do less for those who are still with 
us but are dying Masonically, I am convinced that many of these 
could be salvaged through a personal visit and a Brotherly and 
Fraternal discussion. As has been quoted many times, Grand Chap- 
ter's objective should be the making of better Masons out of Masons. 
You can't do this by closing the door to them. Keep it open and 
try to get them to enter. I urge upon you all, don't just follow the 
bare provision of your bylaws and send out a written warning notice, 
then in the absence of reply, suspend. Make the Companion feel 
wanted, that he is your brother and Companion and is worth a 
personal call and make that call. If your Brother is falling, pick him 
up. You will be surprised at the response and at the reward to 
yourself. To quote again 'we need more Masonry in men rather 
than more men in Masonry'." 

Ohio (1951) 

Instruction sent out by the Grand High Priest as follows; 

"I am sending you herewith ten forms of application for re- 
storation ..... These applications are sent to you for action and 

are not to be placed on a shelf and forgotten I shall expect 

the secretary to co-operate to the extent of sending me a report not 
later than April 30th of the number of reinstatements. I sincerely 
trust all High Priests will enlist the aid of their officers in contact- 
ing these companions to the need that we will be able to show a 
very favourable increase. Nothing should be allowed to interfere 
with carrying this programme to a successful conclusion." 

Ohio (1951) 

The High Priest advises; 

"We can do nothing about our greatest loss-death, but we can 
reduce our losses by making a planned effort to regain the interest 
of those who have dropped their membership because they are no 
longer interested enough even to pay their dues, and, we can increase 
our number of exaltations by demonstrating to our brethren of the 


Blue Lodges our enthusiasm for Royal Arch Masonry and thereby 

instill in them a similar interest. II every Royal Arch Mason will 
himself be a missionary For Royal Arch Masonry, there need he no 
fear for the future welfare of the Capitular Rite." 

Alberta (1952) 

Report of the Committee on (he Condition of Capitular Masonry in Alberta, 
we quote; 

"There has been a marked improvement in the matter of out- 
standing dues; all Scribes E appear to be very diligent in this neces- 
sary business matter; there is still room for improvement. During 
the year only eight members were elected for N.P.D. We wonder 
if these could have been prevented if a little more pressure had been 
exerted a year or two earlier. It is so much easier to pay one year's 
dues than two or three— the more the unpaid dues accumulate the 
greater are the probable deletions. We urge you to leave no avenue 
open for the possible escape of even one dilatory member; or on the 
other hand use every possible means to retain those who through 
the vicissitudes of life find it difficult to keep up their membership." 


North Carolina (1952) 

The Grand High Priest expressed this opinion which was confirmed by the 
committee on Jurisprudence; 

"In reply to a reqtiest if it was possible for a chapter to receive 
as a gift a residence and a restaurant and if the chapter, could run 
the restaurant, I replied that I could see no objection to the 
chapter owning property and leasing it but that it would be im- 
proper for the Chapter to operate the restaurant, to advertise it as 
owned and operated by the Chapter or to give it a name implying 
ownership. The reputation and financial credit of the Chapter 
could not be involved in any way." 

Indianna (1952) 

The Committee on Jurisprudence rided; 

On the request of a Chapter to confer Chapter degrees upon 
a Master Mason who is totally blind, the Committee ruled,— 

"We do not see anything prejudicial to the laws of the Grand 
Chapter in granting Fort Wayne Chapter No. 19 permission to act 


favorably upon this petition and to exalt the petitioner to the Most 
Sublime Degree of the Royal Arch." 

Arkansas (1952) 

The Grand High Priest rules in connection with a Soldier who had presented a 
Petition for the Capitular Degrees; 

"It was found that he was in the Service, and as such could not 
consider Pine Bluff as a permanent residence; that he might be 
moved or transferred at any time. I ruled that he should apply to 
his home chapter for the Chapter Degrees." 

Indianna (1952) 

7 he Grand High Priest made this Decision on the Question of Transferring a 
Member from Bermuda Chapter to Seymour Chapter, No. 85; 

"It appears that this Companion joined the Chapter in Ber- 
muda while in the United States Service, and being back home, now 
wished to transfer his membership to Seymour Chapter No. 85. 
Since Bermuda Chapter is not listed as a member of the General 
Grand Chapter it was my opinion, from the meager information 
furnished, that I could offer no suggestion as to any method of 
transfer and my ruling was that, unless I had further information, 
it would be necessary for this Companion to petition for, and if 
elected, receive the degrees the same as any other candidate." 

Michigan (1952) 

Dispensations Granted; 

"To receive and ballot on the petitions of Com- 
panions at the next stated convocation to enable the chapter to 
make 10 per cent gain for 1952." 

Illinois (1952) 

The Grand High Priest Reports that; 

"An officer of a subordinate chapter, had presented to his chap- 
ter a petition for the degrees of a man who had not received any 
degrees in the lodge. Relying on the recommendation of the said 
officer the chapter received petition and elected the petitioner to 
receive the degrees in the chapter. Before his true status was dis- 
covered, a portion of the Mark Master degree had been conferred 
on the petitioner. After investigating personally the Grand High 
Priest suspended the offending Companion until the next convo- 


cation of Grand Chapter and furthei recommended thai such sus- 
pension be continued until the nexi convocation of this Grand 
Chapter. The action of the Grand High Priest was confirmed." 


Arkansas (1952) 

The Grand Chapter of Arkansas extended recognition to the 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Alaska, and proposed an exchange of 
Grand Representatives. 


England (1952) 

The Committee of General Purposes reports that it has received the following 
Petitions for New Chapters; 

" (8) From Companions for a Chapter to be attached to the 
Royal Standard Lodge, No. 398, to be called the Royal Standard 
Chapter, and to meet at St. Mark's Church Hall, Russell Street, 

Halifax, N.S." 

The President of the Committee of General Purposes stated; 

"I should also like to make Grand Chapter aware of certain 
circumstances connected with Petition No. 8, which comes from 
members of the Royal Standard Lodge, No. 398, which works in 
Halifax, N.S., in the territory covered by the Grand Lodge of Nova 
Scotia. This Petition has evoked a protest from the Grand Chapter 
of Nova Scotia which has led to considerable correspondence both 
between the petitioners and the Masonic authorities there, and be- 
tween the Grand Scribe E. here and the Grand Secretary of the 
Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia. I am sorry to say that this corres- 
spondence has not resulted in agreement. The Grand Chapter of 
Nova Scotia claims sole territorial jurisdiction over the territory 
covered by that Grand Lodge, and denies the right of any other 
authority to grant a Charter for a new Chapter within that territory 
This Grand Chapter, on the other hand, maintains that every Lodge 
under the English Constitution has a constitutional right to provide 
for the completion of the Masonic education of its members by 
forming a Chapter in which they may be exalted into the Royal 
Arch in accordance with the principles and practices which have 
existed among us for upwards of two hundred years. We hold that 


this constitutional right can only be modified by specific agree- 
ment with the Grand Chapter concerned, and in the case of Nova 
Scotia no such agreement exists with the Grand Chapter. We find, 
too, that the desires of the petitioners cannot be fully satisfied by 
the grant of a Charter by the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia, for 
the Chapters under that Grand Chapter practise a form of Royal 
Arch Masonry which differs in material particulars from that 
practiced in Chapters working under our Constitution. 

The motion was agreed to." 

t a- moxon VISITATIONS 

Indianna (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"The most enjoyable function of a Grand Officer is to visit with- 
in and without his Grand Jurisdiction: it is these visits which are 
long and favorably remembered due to the fellowship engendered 
by coming in contact with those interested in the promotion of the 
principles of our Craft. The pleasure of these occasions will be 
remembered throughout our lifetime." 

Vermont (1952) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"Early in my year of office I determined it was my duty as 
Grand. High Priest to visit each and every subordinate Chapter 
within this Grand Chapter and I am happy to state that I accomp- 
lished this and have had the opportunity to visit some Chapters 
more than once. Information made available leads me to believe 
no other Grand High Priest has visited every Chapter during his 
term of office for many years and I believe each Chapter appreciated 
this visitation." 

Colorado (1952) 

The Grand High Priest stated; 

'"I have been invited to attend the Annual Convocations of all 
of our neighbouring Grand Chapters and I regret that I could not 
accept any of them because I felt that since I could not visit all of 
the constituent Chapters in Colorado it would be unfair for me 
to be visiting outside of the jurisdiction when I should be visiting 
our own constituent Chapters. I know that I have missed out on 
some very pleasant occasions and missed meeting a lot of outstanding 
Masons. However, I still feel that the short time that I had should 
have been spent in Colorado." 



Delaware (1952) 

The committee on the Report of Foreign Correspondence 
recommends that on account of the continued increased cost of 
printing, our finances will not allow us to print them in our 

Maryland (1951) 

It is noted from the Report of the Committee on Proceedings 
which was received and adopted that,— 

1. "The postion of Fraternal Correspondent be abolished. 

2. That the printing of the report of the Fraternal Correspod- 
ent in the Proceeding be discontinued." 

Utah (1951) 

The Report of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence was 
very brief owing to a request being made to reduce as far as possible 
the number of pages in the Proceeciings, it thus became necessary to 
eliminate most of the information from individual Grand Juris- 


Wisconsin (1952) 

After very Grave Consideration over Several Years the Grand Chapter ruled; 

"We consider the following Landmarks to be the fundamental 
essentials of Royal Arch Masonry: 

The Landmarks of Royal Arch Masonry are: 

1. Royal Arch Masonry is a secret speculative and moral 
science based on the symbolism of an operative art which is the 
continuation of the Hiramic Legend, and is the capstone of Ancient 
Craft Masonry. 

2. A belief in the existence of a Supreme Being. 

3. A belief in the Immortality of the Soul. 

4. A belief that a 'Book of the Law' is an indispensable part 
of the furniture of every Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. 

5. A petitioner for the degrees in Royal Arch Masonry must 
be a Master Mason in good standing." 



New York (1952) 

The Grand Chapter of New York conferred the rank of Hon- 
orary Past Grand High Priest with the title of Most Excellent upon 
Right Excellent Companion George Allen Cole, Grand Lecturer 
since 1945 as an expression of appreciation for his contribution to 
the life and progress of Grand Chapter and to Freemasonry. 

Arkansas (1951) 

The Grand High Priest recommends; 

"That a committee be appointed for the purpose of presenting 
to this Grand Chapter a plan of rewarding such recognition either 
by a Certificate of Merit for distinguished service, or by election as 
Knights of the Royal Arch as is done in Iowa and North Dakota. 
The awards could be made each year to three or more by a special 
committee appointed for that purpose." 

Arkansas (1952) 

The Grand Chapter established an award of merit knowa as 
"The Knights of the Royal Arch," and the recipients shall be 
designated as 'Knights of the Royal Arch.' The Award will be 
restricted to Royal Arch Masons in good standing in a subordinate 
Chapter under the jurisdiction of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Arkansas, who have held no elective office in that Grand Body. 

The Purpose of the Award is to honor those Companions, who, 
in their respective localities, have rendered or are rendering ex- 
ception or unusual service to Royal Arch Masonry in Arkansas, 
and who, by limitation of age, residence, or other factors, have been 
deprived of official preferment. 

Four Companions will be selected each year to receive the 

Indianna (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reports in Connection with the General Grand Chapter 

"This appears to contemplate a voluntary action by each Grand 
Chapter. Nothing has been done by your Grand High Priest during 
the current year. It is my serious studied opinion that this method 
of recognition will not foster or promote further interest and har- 
mony among the Craft. We are taught that the rewards for our 


efforts are not material— but those of a well-spent life— 'Judge not, 

lest ye be judged'." 


Colorado (1951) 

The (-rand High Priest thus Speaks of the International Night; 

"When 40 Worthy Companions from Winnipeg, Canada, ex- 
emplified the Royal Arch degree, before the Denver Area Chapter 
Officers Association on September 15th, nothing but the highest 
and most enthusiastic words of praise have been heard concerning 
this outstanding and unique event. ..... It was a grand and glor- 
ious occassion for all concerned. Colorado has more staunch friends 

and boosters in Canada than it had before It was one of the 

best attended meetings of Chapter Masons in the history of Color- 
ado. Over 700 companions witnessed the exalting by the Canadian 
visitors of eighteen candidates." 

Colorado (1951) SPECIAL EVENTS 

The Grand High Priest reports; 

"The second Annual Out-of-door Ceremonial staged at the old 
Indian Camp ground north of Fort Collins by Cache La Poudre, 
Chapter No. 11, was an outstanding event of the late summer." 

New Zealand (1952) 

The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Zealand 
establshed a Chapter of Research. 


Texas (1951) 

A resolution was introduced authorizing the G.H.P. do all 
acts necessary to resume fraternal relations with the Grand Chapter 
of Scotland, withdrawn in 1930. 


New Brunswick (1952) 

The Grand First Principal advises; 

"I feel that great care should be taken in recommending and 
appointing as Grand District Superintendents only those who will 
assume all duties of their offices, and should a Companion be 


appointed who feels that he cannot fully perform his duties, he 
should so notify the Grand First Principal, in order that another 
may be appointed. The visits of the Grand Superintendents are 
for the purpose of assisting the chapters in their work and in en- 
couraging them to better, more uniform conferring of the degrees, 
so that the visits of the Grand First Principal may be those of 
interest and friendship." 


General Grand Chapter Triennial (1951) 

The flags of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, Philli- 
pines were eulogized by M.E. Comp. Ray Denslow in this tribute; 

"These flags fly proudly in the breezes as a result of men's 
efforts— men who were filled with the love of freedom and Liberty; 
they are here because men were willing to give of their life blood— 
because men were willing to become martyrs of a cause in which 
they believed. 

These are the flags of Democracy. Long may they wave. 

New Jersey (1951) 

The Grand High Priest recommends that the Grand Represent- 
atives be changed every three years. Replacements to be made at the 
beginning of each Triennial of the General Grand Chapter. 


Arkansas (1951) 

The Grand High Priest states; 

"To mark this hundredth anniversary of the Grand Chapter, 
a history of Royal Arch Masonry in Arkansas has been prepared. 
In addition to the story of the past hundred years of our Grand 
Chapter, there is presented a short sketch of each of the 153 Chap- 
ters which have received Charters from the Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Arkansas." 


Missouri (1952) 

M. E. Comp. Ray Denslow presents a most interesting article 
"The Capital Year" (All rights reserved) dealing with many phases 


of Freemasonry and Royal Arch Masonry which contains a great 
fund of information for the Masonic student. 

New Mexico (1952) 

The proceedings of the Grand Chapter are published in a 
volume titled "The York Rite of Freemasonry of New Mexico" 
and contains the proceedings of Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, 
Grand Council Royal and Select Masters and the Grand Com- 
mandery Knights Templar. 


Arizona (1951) 

The Committee on Capitular Jurisprudence reported; 

"The Committee recommends that the Grand Chapter adopt 
the proposed joint petition with the Grand Council and Grand 
Commandery, and that a supply of these petitions be printed and 
distributed to the subordinate chapters." This was adopted. 


Colorado (1952) 

The following resolution was adopted; 

"That, the custom of requiring the regularly elected and ap- 
pointed officers of a Chapter to confer degrees be discontinued, 
and the actual conferring be delegated to a qualified 'ceremonial 
group' who are known by the Grand Lecturer or Deputy Grand 
Lecturer to be proficient in that part of the work, but the officers 
of such Chapters must be able to open and close the Chapter and 
its dependent Lodges. However, this shall in no way be effective 
in a Chapter where the officers are proficient and desire to continue 
to confer the degrees as they have in the past." 


California (1952) 

The Grand High Priest said; 

"In my visitations I have tried to impress the chapters with the 
importance of increasing their efforts towards better administration. 
Chapter finances have been a continued source of worry not only 
to me, but to many of the chapters as well. The spiral of inflation 
has touched Capitular Masonry as it has other organizations and I 


have found it difficult for some chapters to raise the necessary funds 
for their proper operation. Many Chapters are forced to use money 
from fees to defray expenses. A chapter to be sound financially 
should pay its operating expenses from the money collected for dues. 
Some Chapters do not carry sufficient insurance to cover property 

belonging to the chapter Grand Chapter has made available 

a blanket insurance policy for those Chapters desiring it." 

Michigan (1952) 

"The Grand High Priest issued an order in support of the 
Grand Master's bulletin requesting all High Priests and Officers to 
see that the Companions do not smoke in the Chapter rooms. Not 
only is it improper to smoke in the chapter but it is unsafe and 
can be disastrous as has been proven in the past year. There were 
five Masonic Temple fires and in at least three cases the chapter 
lost all of its belongings. It is well for all chapters to check if 
they are carrying adequate insurance that, if something should 
happen, they would be able to come back." 


Illinois (1952) 

The Grand High Priest reported that; 

"He had arrested the charter of one Chapter after a personal 
attempt to find some method of reviving interest as the members 
were seriously in arrears of dues and that suggestions to consolidate 
with another were met with cool indifference. The chapter had fail- 
ed to make any annual returns as there was nothing to report and 
had failed to pay Grand Chapter dues." He further reports,— 

"Dormant or backward Chapters, of which there are too many 
in this Grand Jurisdiction, have been, for many years a serious 

problem At least a half dozen Chapters in this classification 

have not held a stated convocation in a year or more. I have visited 
some of these inactive Chapters personally and have sent the District 
Inspectors to visit and report on others and to lend their aid to help 
them to get going. In a few instances the Companions interviewed 
have expressed a desire to continue but usually the difficulty is lack 

of leadership .1 am thoroughly convinced that a year around 

program of revival is absolutely necessary in order to save 

a considerable number of our smaller Chapters which are in diffi- 
cult straits." 


Wisconsin, (1952) 

The Report of the Committee on Landmarks is Printed in Full; 

It is the duty of the Landmarks Committee in presenting their 
report to acquaint you with the facts that suggested the thought of 
recognizing the "Landmarks" of our Royal Craft, the procedure 
taken to date in preparing and presenting the Committee's report, 
and the benefits that would he realized by recognizing the proposed 

Recalling that the Ceremony of Installation of the Officers of 
our Constituent Chapters requires each High Priest upon being 
installed High Priest of his Chapter, to promise to strictly comply 
"with the ancient usages and landmarks of Royal Arch Masonry", 
and that our Grand Chapter is the highest source of authority in 
Capitular Masonry in this jurisdiction, subject to the ancient land- 
marks, etc." Officers of our Constituent Chapters inquired, "If 
Mackey's Landmarks which are published in our Grand Lodge's 
Code of Laws through usage, have been recognized as the Land- 
marks of our Grand Lodge, what are the 'Landmarks' of Royal 
Arch Masonry which we have promised to support and revere? 
How many are there? Why is each a 'Landmark?' Which should we 
of the Royal Arch recognize?" 

These questions led to the Recommendation in 1948 that a 
Special Committee be appointed to present to our Grand Chapter 
the subject of "Landmarks" for their consideration. This recom- 
mendation was referred to the Jurisprudence Committee which ap- 
proved the appointment of such a Committee, and acknowledged 
the fact that Grand Chapter has "supreme and exclusive jurisdiction 
over all matters concerning Royal Arch Masonry in our State." 
They agreed with us that if we desired to recognize "Landmarks," 
we had full authority to do so. They also encouraged us to proceed 
with our study. This Committee began its research, made an ex- 
haustive study, and presented its report at the Grand Convocation 
the following year. The report was received and referred to the 
Constitutional Amendments Committee, which on conferring with 
the Landmarks Committee presented a report upon the suggestion 
of the Landmarks Committee requesting that same be held over 
for action until the next Annual Grand Convocation for further 
study and consideration, feeling that a matter of such importance 
should be well pondered over and considered before taking any 
final action. No action was taken the following year. The Com- 


mittee reported at the 1951 Grand Convocation, and moved that 
action be deferred until the 1952 Grand Convocation. 

Now, Companions, seeing that stress has been placed upon the 
word "Landmarks" in our Constitution and Ritual, and as "Land- 
marks" are the basic foundation of our Masonic law, our Grand 
Chapter should be in position to accept as its own, "Landmarks" 
to which every Royal Arch Mason is obligated to comply. What 
are the "Landmarks" of our Craft? This is the question which we 
as leaders of Royal Arch Masonry are asked to decide today. 

Up to one hundred years ago, no Masonic writers attempted 
to classify or define Masonic "Landmarks." About 1850, Doctor 
Mackey published an article on "The Foundations of Masonic Law" 
which was the initial attempt made to define and enumerate Land- 
marks. In 1867, Luke A. Lockwood stated in his "Masonic Law and 
Practices" that "the Landmarks of Masonry are those ancient prin- 
ciples and practices which mark out and distinguish Freemasonry 
as such, and they are the source of Masonic Jurisprudence." 

From study, we have determined that "Landmarks" so far as 
Royal Arch Masonry is concerned, can be reduced to five distinct 
Landmarks. Landmark (1) can be defined as to what constitutes 
Royal Arch Masonry, namely, (a) Royal Arch Masonry is a secret 
speculative science (b) based on the symbolism of an operative art 
(c) which is the continuation of the Hiramic Legend, and (d) is 
the capstone of Ancient Craft Masonry. Landmark (2) is a belief 
in the existence of a Supreme Being. Landmark (3) is a belief in 
the Immortality of the Soul. Landmark (4) is a belief that a "Book 
of the Law" is an indispensable part of the furniture of every Chap- 
ter of Royal Arch Masons, and Landmark (5) that a petitioner for 
the degrees in Royal Arch Masonry must be a Master Mason in 
good standing. 

Of the twenty-five Landmarks classified by Mackey, fourteen 
refer to the prerogatives of Grand Masters and the government 
of Lodges. The other Landmarks of Mackey's are potentially in- 
cluded in our proposed "Landmarks"— if not in body, they are 
in spirit. 

Brother Roscoe Pound, who is considered to be the foremost liv- 
ing authority on Masonic Landmarks, and who is Dean Emeritus of 
Harvard Law School, prepared a paper on the legal aspects of Free- 


masonry whose manuscript on the subject ol "The Landmarks" was 
read at the February 20, 1952 Conference of Grand Masters ol 
Masons in North America. Alter studying Pound's recent scholarly 
treatise on the subject ol Masonic Landmarks, youi Committee is 
now assured that all the Landmarks which we have proposed are 
recognized by the foremost authority on Masonic Jurisprudence and 
cannot be refuted as being unfounded or incorrect. 

Pound stated in his recent address "that we can be sure (and 
in laying down what is a landmark Ave must be absolutely sure) of 
but seven. Summarily stated I should put them thus: (1) Belief in 
God; (2) Belief in the immortality of the sotd; (3) a "book of the 
law' as an indispensable part of the furniture of the lodge; (4) the 
legend of the third degree; (5) secrecy; (6) the symbolism of the 
operative art; and (7) that a Mason must be a man, free born 
and of age." 

The booklet "The Landmarks of Masonry", published by the 
Masonic Service Association of the United States (Vol. 1, p. 11) states 
that "A careful comparison of the definitions and of the enumer- 
ations of the Ancient Landmarks compels the conclusion that they 
are so fundamental that a disregard of them would change the 
nature of the Fraternity." 

In summing up our Report, if we recognize these proposed 
Landmarks as being our own, it would place Royal Arch Masonry 
of Wisconsin in the position it inherently is entitled to— that of being 
the capstone of Ancient Craft Masonry." 


New Brunswick (1952) 

By V. Ex. Companion N. Franchetti, Grand Chaplain 

"And the King commanded, and they brought great stones, 
costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the Foundation of the House. 

"And Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders did hew them, 
and the Stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build 
the House." (I Kings 5: 17-18). 


Hiram, King of Tyre, a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, 
played an important part in the building of King Solomon's Temple. 

Hiram's father was a worker in brass, and a man who was filled 
with wisdom and understanding, and cunning to work in all brass, 
and he came to King Solomon and wrought all his work. 

Hiram (Meaning Noble) King of Tyre furnished materials 
and men for Solomon's Temple, Hiram being the Chief Architect. 
(I Kings 7: 13-40). 

Tubal-Cain, the son of Lamech the Cainite was an instructor of 
artificers in brass and iron. (Gen. 4: 22). 

Thobel (Greek meaning flowing forth) is said to have discover- 
ed the art of melting metal and fashioning instruments in brass 
and iron. 

The Temple of Solomon is said to have been built on Mount 
Moriah, where once stood the threshing floor of Araunnah in the 
time of David. 

The Greek word Amoria, means chosen of the Lord. It is also 
on this range of mountains where Our Lord was crucified. 

Solomon's Temple is regarded as a type and figure of the 
Christian Church, the foundations of which were laid by King Solo- 
mon in the fourth year of his reign, 1012 B.C., and with the assist- 
ance of his friend and ally Hiram, king of Tyre, completed the 
Temple in about seven years and a half, dedicating it to the Service 
of the Most High in 1005 B.C. 

This was the year of the World 3000, according to the Hebrew 


The seating capacity of the Temple was foi 300,000 souls. It 

was adorned with 1,453 columns of marble, 2,906 pilasters, and 
decorated with magnificent capitals. 

The Oracles and Sanctuary were lined with heavy gold. It was 
adorned with embellishments in Sculpture, and decorated with 
diamonds, and precious stones. 

Josephus says, "The whole Temple shined, and dazzled the eyes 
of such who entered it, by the gold on either side of them." 

Well might they have said, "I was glad when they said unto 
me, let us go into the House of the Lord." 

Practically the whole of the manhood of Israel was com- 
mandeered for the building of King Solomon's Temple, at a cost 
approximately between 1 or 5 billion dollars to construct. 

Let this magnificent Temple, Companions, continually remind 
you that, we are the Temples of God, and as living stones are built 
up a spiritual house. 

"Oh, the cedars of Lebanon grow at our door, 

And the quarry is sunk at our gate, 

And the ships out of Ophir with golden ore, 

For our summoning mandate wait, 

And the word of a Master Mason 

Can the house or our soul create." 

"When the day hath light let the light he used. 

For no man can the light control 

Or ever the silver cord be loosed 

Or broken the golden bowl, 

May be built King Solomon's Temple 

In the Hue Masonic soul". 


The beauty of the type appears in studying the symbolism of 
the Temple. In detail there is a striking harmony between the 
material fabric itself and the Church of Christ. 

The pattern is of Divine Origin. Nothing was left to human 
skill or contrivance. The design eminated from the mind of the 
great Architect Himself, and was communicated to human instru- 
mentality for the carrying the work into effect. 

God decreed the place and purpose of each living stone in 
the erection of the spiritual Temple. God makes use of human 
help to bring the stones into position. 

1 \VI 

The luxury of doing good is only known to those who engage 
in it. 

"Go work thy task, however low it be, 

'Tis thine, and in its doing lies thy fate, 

To God's plan work, each stroke of gavel free. 

Carve deep the lines of all thy future state: 

There is no height, no depth, in the eternal space: 

Not humble work, but ill done, will bring disgrace." 


It is sad and deplorable to see God's Temple a ruin wherever 
we go, ruined through the glitter and pleasure of sin, and social 
disorder of town and city. 

How few signs of real progress we see in spiritual things. Is 
the happiness of the world increasing by the spread of knowledge? 

Every increase in scientific discovery is leading to the displace- 
ment of labour, and is making the struggle for existence the harder, 
and filling our streets with unemployment, misery, crime and sin. 

If we allow such to go on unchecked, ruin is bound to follow. 


In building this great structure, take care to lay firm and strong 
the foundation. When this is done, the builder is limited in two 

First, he must not build where there are no foundations. 

Secondly, he must cover the foundations he has laid. Everything 
which follows is ruled by the foundation. 


The greatest and most worthy building is the one not made 
with hands. Namely Character. Our feeble efforts are rendered 
serviceable in Christ's cause in saving men and shapening character. 

By saved men, men are saved. "Who then is willing to conse- 
crate his services this day unto the Lord?" 

There cannot be conscription in this sacred and important 
work, man's services must be voluntary. 

Any worthy character has all the great properties of a great 
structure and more. 


Long after the greatest building in the world has fallen back 
into its original clay, a well built character will be adorning the 
path of heaven. 

The most beautiful building an Architect ever planned must 
be less beautiful, and a lower kind of beauty altogether than a 
well built character, which is formed after Christ's character, and 
such as every loyal and upright Mason should possess, who, with 
all other righteous children of God, is the express image of the 

He who has character shines with something of the beauty of 
God. There is no building so useful and rightly formed, and distinct- 
ly and spiritually, and constantly dwelt in by God, and consecrated 
by His Divine Presence, that a really properly built character. 

"Do you ask what building this 
That can show both pain and bliss — 
That can be both dark and fair? 
Lo, its name is Character. 

"Build it well whate'er you do, 
Build it straight and strong and true, 
Build it clean, and high and broad; 
Build it for the eye of God." 


Why? Because it is all that is Good. God has given the foun- 
dation on which the building is to be laid. 

We are building with our finite wisdom and power, something 
which is not to be finite, but infinite in its power, wisdom, strength, 
beauty, glory and holiness. 

We are building every day 
In a good or evil way; 
And the structure as it grows 
Will our inmost soul disclose. 

Till in every arch and line 
All our faults and failings shine- 
It may grow a castle grand, 
Or a wreck upon the sand". 

Therefore, Companions, do not hesitate to adopt God's foun- 
dations for your character building, it will then be right. 

If you refuse to do so, you will inevitably build a fruitless 
character, material in nature, unsightly, useless and bad, since there 
is no day, however idle we may have been, but what we have built, 
as it were, one course higher of the character which is ours. 

1 Will 

Let your character then be worthy, lasting, and beyond reproach 
by building on the foundations God has laid down in His Holy 
Word, which is the great light of our professon. 


It is for this reason that many men have not obtained a beauti- 
ful character, but reaped disaster, and ruin. 

Companions, we cannot dodge the fact, that there must be an 
emptying process sooner or later in our lives. 

Endeavour, with the Great Architect's help to maintain and 
support with dignity the respectable character you bear, by regulat- 
ing your life and actions by the precepts contained in that Great 
Light, the Holy Bible, which is the rule and guide of our faith. 

Be especially careful, at all times, to maintain in their fullest 
splendour those truly Masonic ornaments, which constitute the only 
foundation upon which Masonry builds its temple of brotherly 
love, relief and truth. 

Therefore, let temperance chasten, fortitude support, prudence 
direct you, and justice henceforth be the guide of all your actions. 

Thus you will ever render yourselves in the sight of the Great 
Architect of the Universe, deserving of the honour conferred upon 
you, and worthy of the confidence reposed in you, and bring honour 
and credit to yourselves and our Ancient and Honourable 

If you would do this, then, 

"Go, work with utmost skill and loving care 
The temple needs thy work, do all \ou can: 
Use mallet, chisel, level, plumb and square, 
And shape earth's dust to heaven's eternal plan." 


of the 


Address by V.Em. Com p. A. Mclntyre, President C.Cr.P. 

When I was requested to write a paper to deliver to the Com- 
panions of Grand Chapter, it was suggested to me that thoughts of 
a spiritual nature may be a basis for the paper. It is difficult for 
one to transmit thoughts of a completely original character in deal- 
ing with a subject which has so frequently been the theme of many 
eminent lecturers and, in a endeavour to lead the minds of my 
audience into channels which should cause thoughts of spiritual 
speculation and self examination, I will address you on the might 
and majesty of the Creator of the Universe and this small planet 
on which we live and have our being. 

As Companions of the Order of the Holy Royal Arch, our 
first and undeniable duty is to worship and revere T.T.A.L.G.M.H. 
In this we naturally have no exclusive privilege as it is the duty 
and prerogative of all mankind. But the earlier preparation we 
have all had as Masons should perhaps enable Companions of this 
Illustrious Order to form a higher concept of the Omnipotence of 
God due, of course, to the teachings and subsequent understanding 
of a ritual, sublime in its lofty ideals and yet simple in its funda- 
mentals, for it has, as its basis, the desire of man to worship his 
Creator. When such a subject is raised in a gathering of men out- 
side a Lodge or Chapter have you noticed how very frequently a 
sense of an embarrassing atmosphere seems to develop. Analyse your 
experiences in everyday life, Companions, and you will admit the 
statement in this last paragraph is true. Churchmen know of this 
reticence on the part of the ordinary average man. I do not for one 
moment suggest that we should broach such subjects at times and 
in places inappropriate, and I am not the type of man to start such 
discussions heedlessly, but I do suggest that if one becomes involved 
in a friendly discussion on the spiritual nature of God why not 
express one's thoughts, with a background of understanding, devoid 
of reticence and any sense of embarassment. 

I \\ 

It is written that "the fear of'God is the beginning of wisdom." 
This could reasonably be translated to read in these days of scentific 
existence "the attempt to understand the might and majesty of the 
Omnipotent Creator of All Things is the beginning of a marvellous 
revelation of scientific facts and wonders." 

The foremost of the world's physicists and scientists have for 
long accepted the basic scientific principle "that there cannot be 
effect without cause." The atheist argues that the existence of God 
is only a figment of man's imagination and that faith in a Divine 
Being is merely a superstition. The agnostic cannot make up his 
mind on the subject. To be consistent the physicist cannot accept 
such a promise. The man in the street frequently does not give 
such a matter any thought at all. We have all been given brains, 
some a little more than others, yet I venture to suggest that any ordi- 
nary human being with normal brain capacity must realise that, 
when his eye observes any object, such object must have been made 
or created by someone. It just did not get there from nowhere and 
neither did any of us come from nowhere. The moral to be 
derived from such logic is that Some Power, Some Force or Some 
Unkonwn Existence gave and created all matter and what more 
satisfying concept is there for the finite mind to accept than to 
believe in a Supreme Being and Great Architect of the Universe. 

The study of astronomy will greatly help a better understanding 
of the might and majesty of the universe and in some measure will 
help our finite minds to comprehend, in a small measure, the 
unsolved mysteries of the infinite. 

Eminent astronomers and physicists mostly agree that our 
solar system, of which the earth is a somewhat insignificant planet, 
had its origin some four to four and a half thousand million years 
ago and was caused by another mighty sun passing our own parent 
sun at critical distance and, by a superior pull of gravity, pulling off 
a cigar shape or mass of our parent orb, such mass breaking up into 
the planets and gradually cooling off to form the present solar 
system. Mighty as is our sun, some 866,000 miles in diameter, he is 
only a pigmy compared with other giant suns or stars. If our sun 
were cut up into one million parts, each part would appreciably 
exceed the bulk of our earth. Yet the mass or weight of our sun 
does not exceed that of the earth in the same proportion. It would 


take 300,000 bodies the weight of one earth to nearly weigh the sun 
down. Vet the earth, and all therein contained, emanated from 
the sun. 

The late Sir James Jeans, the world-renowned physicist and 
astronomer, points out that the earth as a cooling fragment of the 
sun, in the course of aeons of time, gave birth to life. It started in 
simple organisms whose vital capacities consisted of little beyond 
reproduction and death. But from these humble beginnings emerged 
a stream of life which, advancing through even greater to greater 
complexity, has culminated in beings whose lives are largely centred 
in their emotions and ambitions, their aesthetic appreciations and 
the religions in which their highest hopes and noblest aspirations 
lie enshrined. 

I again suggest, Companions, that only a Supreme and Incom- 
prehensible Being could carve out such a pattern in the universe. 
This parent sun, the means by which we exist on our planet, like all 
other matter, must of necessity had to have an origin. 

Primitive cosmologies pictured a Creator working in space and 
time forging sun, moon and stars out of already existent raw ma- 
terial. Modern scientific theory compels us to think of the Creator 
as working outside time and space, which are part of His Creation 
just as the artist is outside his canvas. 

Jeans avers that the stream of modern scientific knowledge is 
heading towards a non-mechanical reality, the universe begins to 
look more like a great thought than like a great machine. This 
modern notion of God and the Universe should at once appeal to 
the Royal Arch Freemason for the old legend, inscribed on the 
jewel of the Order, takes shape, and the words, "If thou canst com- 
prehend these things thou knowest enough," begin to reveal them- 
selves in a light of better understanding. 

How many of us cast our eyes to the heavens and on a clear 
night try to take in the amazing spectacle of countless millions of 
suns. Do not forget that, with the exception of the few planets of 
our own solar system, each pinpoint of light or star is in itself a sun. 
the vast majority being suns of a size to make our own sun a very 
small orb by degree of comparison. Our sun is one of a great cluster 


of other suns, the galaxy of them being something of a cartwheel in 
shape. Other galaxies exist in outer space, some at least one hundred 
and fifty million light years away from our own system, and when 
we realize that light travels at one hundred and eighty-six thousand 
miles a second, the immensity of the system of the universe passeth 
all human comprehension. "Great Architect of this stupendous 
Universe. Thou who has filled the immensity of space with innum- 
erable systems of worlds and has enlightened each by its central sun 
and attendant moons" is part of the prayer of Excellent Com- 
panion Jeshua and what more fitting reference to the Most High 
could be made when one keeps in mind the amazing immensity of 
the universe in the light of modern astronomical knowledge. 

Alluring and captivating as is an appreciation of the wonders 
of stellar space, an appreciation of the marvels of our own small 
solar system can never fail to be a source of fascination for the 
Royal Arch Freemason who desires to combine practical and scien- 
tific thoughts with spiritual thoughts. Our sister planets are a source 
of never-ending wonder to the practical thinker. God put life on 
this planet— did He put life on the other planets? It can reasonably 
be stated that organic life as we understand it could not exist on 
the planet Mercury, which is some 36 million miles from the sun. 
In the case of Venus, some 7700 miles in diameter and 67 million 
miles from the sun, there may be some form of life for observation 
shows traces of atmosphere. Our own earth, some eight thousand 
miles in diameter, is 93 millions of miles from the sun and our satel- 
lite, the moon, is astronomically next door to us, a mere average 
distance of 239,000 miles from the earth. She only has reflected 
light from the sun and she is a small thing— some 2160 miles in 
diameter. She is beautiful to look at through a telescope, her 
mountain peaks attaining 24,000 feet and her valleys 17,000 feet, 
but there is no atmosphere and almost assuredly no life on her. 

Mars, about 141 millions of miles from the sun, is much smaller 
than our earth— about 4230 miles in diameter. Mars has an atmos- 
phere much thinner than our own. Life of some form is possible 
thereon. Mars boasts of two moons called Deimos and Phobos. 
The latter journeys round Mars once in seven hours thirty-nine 
minutes. Many Lodges and Chapters used to fix the dates of meet- 
ings in the country on or before the full moon. If we have com- 
panions on Mars, try to conceive the remarkable spectacle that our 

Martian companions witness in seeing the same moon three times 
in one clay, with another moon added. The Martian Scribe Ezra 
would have to resort to other means of fixing the dates of meetings 
than on or before full moon. Yet such is the nature of the setup 
of a Martian day. 

The mighty planet Jupiter is 87,000 miles in diameter and 483 
millions of miles from the sun. He is 1,300 times larger than 
mother earth and in keeping with his kingly condition has no less 
than twelve moons. Further out from the sun, at 886 millions of 
miles, is Saturn, 71,000 miles in diameter with his millions of minute 
moons commonly called rings in addition to his ten larger moons. 

Next comes Uranus, 31,700 miles in diameter at 1,782 millions 
of miles from the sun and boasting of four known moons. Neptune, 
also a vast planet 34,800 miles in diameter, is 2,792 millions of miles 
away, and of Pluto, the present known farthest distant planet, 
little is known. 

The graceful poetry of motion of all these planets and moons 
is exemplified in the exact regularity with which they obey our par- 
ent sun in their revolutions and again with some slight under- 
standing of these matters terrestrial and celestial, we more fully 
appreciate the address to the pillars wherein we say that "the 
sun and moon are messengers of His will and all His law is concord." 

Wor. Bro. W. L. Wilmhurst, in speaking of the "Hidden 
Significance of Our Ritual," stated that Masonry had to be lived 
before it can be fully appreciated. The form has to give way to the 
spirit. In Royal Arch Freemasonry there is a Quest, the quest or 
searching for a Name and all the Omnipresence that that Name 
implies. It is also a Quest for a Divine Principle within one's own 

I suggest it is for each Companion to conjure up in his own 
mind his individual conception of the Most High. Our finite minds 
find it hard to imagine a Supreme Being in an infinite form, for we 
are naturally prone to visualize all forms by our own human 
standards, but, if we try to remember some of the amazing heavenly 
bodies I have just referred to in the shape of suns, planets and 
moons, the immensity of Creation enables us to form a conception 
of the Incomprehensible Supreme Being in an entirely different 


J. S. M. Ward holds that the aim of Freemasonry is to combat 
atheism and gross materialism, to set men's feet on the path of sal- 
vation and to help them towards the light. Whilst many will dis- 
agree with many of Ward's views expressed in his work, few can 
disagree with this expressed ideal. 

I think you will agree with me that the world to-day is in 
urgent need of spiritual leadership rather than material leadership 
and, after letting our minds expand on the wonders of material 
outer space, we must look for Spiritual Cause and what nobler 
thought can we embrace than to attribute cause to the Eternal 
Ruler of the Universe, the Elemental Life, the Primordial Source 
of all its principles, the very spring and fountain of all its virtues, 
the First Cause of All Things, The Alpha and the Omega, The 
Beginning and the Ending— The Almighty." 

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